Legacy of Ethel Ennis

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Today Sandtown is known as the area where Freddie Gray met his demise, but at one point it was known as Baltimore’s Harlem. Ethel Llewellyn Ennis, Baltimore’s “First Lady of Jazz” was born there in 1932. Before she reunited with the ancestors February 2019, she had a legendary career. As explained by New York Times writer Giovanni Russonello: “She recorded for major labels in the late 1950s and the ’60s; toured Europe with Benny Goodman; performed onstage alongside Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Louis Armstrong; and appeared on television with Duke Ellington. She became a regular on Arthur Godfrey’s TV show and headlined the Newport Jazz Festival. In 1961 she won the Playboy jazz poll for best female singer.” (NY Times Article)

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  1. Ramussen, Frederick. “Ethel Ennis, Baltimore’s ‘first lady of jazz,’ dies at 86”. The Washington Post. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  2. Rasmussen, Frederick N. (February 18, 2019). “Ethel Ennis, Baltimore’s ‘First Lady of Jazz,’ dies at 86”. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  3. “Singer Ethel Ennis-‘I Want to Do It My Way. The Washington Post. May 20, 1979. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  4.  “Ethel Ennis – National Visionary”. National Visionary Leadership Project. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  5. Crockett, Sandra. “Baltimore’s lady of jazz Ethel Ennis fell in love with jazz and blues in childhood. At 65, there’s nothing else she’d rather sing”. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  6.  “Baltimore’s ‘First Lady Of Jazz’ Ethel Ennis Dies At 86”. CBS Baltimore. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  7. Himes, Geoffrey. “Singer Ethel Ennis-‘I Want to Do It My Way. The Washington Post. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  8. Ankeny, Jason. “Ethel Ennis – Biography”. AllMusic. Retrieved February 18,2019.
  9.  Reflections on American Music: The Twentieth Century and the New Millennium : a Collection of Essays Presented in Honor of the College Music Society. Pendragon Press. p. 127. ISBN 978-1-57-647070-1.
  10.  Lewis, John. “Pure Ethel”. Baltimore Magazine. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  11. Taylor, Alexis. “Baltimore Legend Celebrates 80 Years. AFRO. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  12.  “Ethel Ennis – Discogs”. Discogs. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  13. Lang, Robert. “Ethel Ennis Dies”. WBAL NewsRadio. Retrieved February 18,2019.

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July 17th is saxophonist and trumpeter Clarence Ward III’s birthday. Though his weekly session has now moved to Terra Cafe, this interview sheds light on the positive impact that music education can have on young men and women’s lives.

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Music education that particularly focuses on jazz and other black music art forms, gives African American children a fun way to learn about their history, self-discipline, teamwork and empathetic listening skills.

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The festival is August 10-11, 2019 and will be located at 1400 Warner Street
Baltimore, MD 21230.