Baltimore Kissa Society
Baltimore Kissa Society
Listening Party 18: No Wave Meets Jazz
Oct
29
5:00pm 5:00pm

Listening Party 18: No Wave Meets Jazz

Listening Party 18 will feature some great vinyl recordings from artists who helped create the sound we now call No Wave. These musicians—including James Chance, The Lounge Lizards, John Zorn, and Lydia Lunch, were inspired by jazz artists like Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, and Ornette Coleman.  Come hear some great music from both the jazz and No Wave genres, as our hosts Doug Hoepker and David Koslowski talk about the link between the two.   

Saxophonist James Chance

Saxophonist James Chance

About the presenters:

Doug Hoepker curates the popular Little Records podcast (littlerecords.net), which focuses on underground and outsider rock from 1976-1994, and hosts an eclectic monthly DJ night, Pretty Ugly (IG: @prettyuglybmore), at south Baltimore's Idle Hour on the second Friday of each month.  David Koslowski is a musician and owner of Baby's On Fire, a record store and cafe located in Baltimore's Mt. Vernon neighborhood.

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Sep
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

Listening Party 17: The Kansas City Sound

Listening Party 17 featured some great vinyl recordings from artists who helped create what is now known as the Kansas City Sound in jazz. We heard music from Bird (Charlie Parker), Basie, Lester Young, and more! Our host for the evening was Andrea Boston and our venue was once again The Room. Our audio equipment was supplied by  Soundscape.   

Flyer design by Ariel Cowen

Flyer design by Ariel Cowen

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Listening Party 15: The Music of Protest
Jul
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Listening Party 15: The Music of Protest

Listening Party 15 featured some great vinyl recordings dealing with the themes of protest and/or freedom. We heard tracks from a large span of time, from the 1930s to today! Our host for the evening, Andre Mazelin, kept the masses refreshed with tasty drinks from the bar at The Room, and Alexander Jarman spun the tunes on some amazing equipment we had just for this occasion, all from Soundscape.   

Our playlist for the evening is below.

Wanna hear this playlist? Well, you can by visiting our YouTube page.

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Listening Party 14: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron
Jun
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Listening Party 14: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron

Listening Party 14 will feature vinyl recordings from throughout the diverse career of Gil Scott-Heron. Our playlist will be chosen by special guest presenter Scott Hinman and our venue for the evening is the amazing record shop Normal's Books and Records.  

After a half hour of social time, we'll hear about an hour of Gil Scott-Heron tracks, and then it's open turntables for the rest of the night for anyone who brings their own jazz records to share.   

As always, Listening Parties are FREE and open to everyone, no jazz expertise required. 

Flyer design by Ariel Cowen

Flyer design by Ariel Cowen

Handout design by Ariel Cowen

Handout design by Ariel Cowen

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Listening Party 13: Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane
May
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

Listening Party 13: Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane

Listening Party 13 featured vinyl recordings of two amazing jazz harpists, Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane. Our playlist was chosen by special guest presenter Ada Pinkston. Our venue for the evening was an amazing newer addition to the Mt. Vernon neighborhood, The Room.  For much of the evening the place was packed, and the combination of  delicious food and tasty beer with the luscious sounds of the jazz harp made for a great night.

If you want to keep listening to some great tunes, check out the playlist below or just head straight to our YouTube page to listen to a recreation of the listening party.

Alice Coltrane, 1937-2007

Alice Coltrane, 1937-2007

Handout designed by Ariel Cowen, Playlist curated by Ada Pinkston

Handout designed by Ariel Cowen, Playlist curated by Ada Pinkston

Photo by Wayne Collins

Photo by Wayne Collins

Photo by Wayne Collins

Photo by Wayne Collins

Photo by Wayne Collins

Photo by Wayne Collins

Photo by Wayne Collins

Photo by Wayne Collins

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Apr
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Listening Party 12: The Music of Lester Bowie

Listening Party 12 featured vinyl recordings of trumpeter Lester Bowie, all handpicked by guest presenter Don Palmer. It was many folks' first time at Federal Hill's Protean Records, which has an amazing selection of records, books, games, and even a few custom macabre installations.

It was also many guests' first time hearing Lester Bowie and Don chose a playlist that reflected the wide array of approaches Bowie took in making music; sometimes avant-garde and poetic, and then sometimes unabashedly energetic and soulful (see his playing with Fela Kuti!).   

You can find the evening's playlist and photos from the event below.

Flyer design by Ariel Cowen

Handout design by Ariel Cowen

Handout design by Ariel Cowen

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Listening Party 11: The Music of Joanne Brackeen
Mar
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

Listening Party 11: The Music of Joanne Brackeen

Listening Party 11 featured vinyl recordings of Joanne Brackeen's compositions.  Women's History Month was the perfect time to highlight an underrated jazz pianist such as Ms. Brackeen, who is still alive and working in NYC.  

Our venue for the evening was an exciting new addition to the Mt. Vernon neighborhood, Diskobar.  This intimate subterranean lounge has a full bar and you can even order food to your table from Kumari restaurant, which is located just upstairs.  

You can find the evening's playlist and photos from the event below.

Flyer design by Ariel Cowen

Handout design by Ariel Cowen

Handout design by Ariel Cowen

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Feb
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Listening Party 10: The Music of Django Reinhardt

Listening Party 10 featured a packed room of Django Reinhardt fans at Normal's Books and Records.  The playlist featured a few Duke Ellington tracks, since the two men were such big fans of each other.  We had lots of guests bring their own Django records to put on the turntables, and at the very end of the evening a few musicians actually busted out their instruments and started jamming Django tunes!   

Special thanks to the Creative Alliance, whose annual Django Jazz Festival served as our inspiration for the evening.  You can find information on the line-up and tickets for the 2017 festival 

Scroll down for a playlist and photos from the event.  You can also listen to a recreation of the listening party on our YouTube page. 

Flyer by Ariel Cowen

Handout by Ariel Cowen

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Jan
22
5:00pm 5:00pm

Listening Party 09: The Music of Sonny Stitt

Listening Party 09 at Baby's On Fire was a great night of music in a cozy environment.  Guest presenter David Koslowski brought an amazing selection of Sonny Stitt tunes for everyone to enjoy. You can listen to a close approximation of our evening on our YouTube page.  Or scroll down below to find a playlist and photos from the event.  

Flyer by Ariel Cowen

Flyer by Ariel Cowen

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Nov
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Listening Party 08: The Music of Herb Alpert

This listening party was held at Jordan Faye Contemporary and featured vinyl recordings of Herb Alpert's music from the '60s through the '80s, all from the collection of guest presenter Wayne Collins.  We learned about the connection between Alpert's music and hip-hop, as many of his tracks have been sampled by hip-hop artists.  The playlist is below and can also be found on our YouTube page.  Scroll down to also see some photos from the event! 

Flyer by Ariel Cowen

Handout by Ariel Cowen

Photo by Ariel Cowen

Photo by Don Palmer

Photo by Wayne Nelson

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Oct
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Listening Party 07: The Music of Sun Ra

This listening party was held at the incredible Normal's Books and Records and was led by guest presenter Dylan Kinnett, though he was nowhere to be found for the party.  In his place, a being from another time, or place perhaps, presented in his stead.  Tracks from different parts of Sun Ra's career were played, good stories about seeing Sun Ra in person were shared, and we even had the pleasure of listening to a live reading of some of Sun Ra's poetry over top of one of his songs.  You can find the playlist from the event below or on our YouTube page

Flyer by Ariel Cowen

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Sep
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Listening Party 06: The Music of Ornette Coleman

This listening party took place at Spacecamp gallery in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.  Our guest presenter Don Palmer brought an incredible swath of records from his own collection and shared his stories of meeting Ornette Coleman. Attendees got to see a bit of the documentary about Coleman, Made in America, and even leaf through the printed program from his funeral, also part of Don Palmer's personal collection.  You can find the playlist from the event below or on our YouTube page

Flyer by Ariel Cowen

Handout by Ariel Cowen

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Aug
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Listening Party 05: Celebrating the Jazz Piano in Baltimore

This was our first listening party at Baby's On Fire—part coffee shop, part awesome record store.  Our guest presenter Bob Jacobson educated us about the rich history of jazz pianists from Baltimore through the music of Ellis Larkins, Albert Dailey, and Jessica Williams.  Larkins was the first African American student admitted to the Peabody Institute, Jessica Williams is the only transgender jazz pianist we know of, and Albert Dailey was a Morgan State graduate that went on to play with Charles Mingus, Dexter Gordon and Sarah Vaughan. You can find the playlist from the event below or on our YouTube page. And check out our photos from the event below too.

Flyer by Ariel Cowen

Handout by Ariel Cowen

Photo by AJAR

Photo by AJAR

Photo by AJAR

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Jul
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

Listening Party 04: Celebrating Women in Blues Music

Our fourth listening party focused exclusively on important women artists from the blues genre.  Though we had featured tracks from other women artists in previous listening parties (Esperanza Spalding, Vi Redd, Shirley Scott) this party was a great primer for those who have only been spoon-fed the male-dominated history of blues.  Guest presenter Becca Mark called upon many a friend's record collection and assembled an impressive mix of tracks for us to dig into. You can find the playlist below or on our YouTube page.  But before you find the playlist, scroll down and check out the three alternate flyer images created for us by designer Ariel Cowen.  

Flyer by Ariel Cowen

Flyer by Ariel Cowen

Flyer by Ariel Cowen

Handout by Ariel Cowen

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Jun
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Listening Party 03: The Music of Charles Mingus

Our third listening party featured the music of Charles Mingus, with an extra surprise track by Esperanza Spalding.  She, like Mingus, is doing great things on the jazz bass!  Guest presenter Tony Venne dug through his record collection and brought some gems, including the fun and funky Cumbia and Jazz Fusion, a track so long we just decided to play a few minutes of, until everyone just stuck around to its conclusion!  You can find the playlist from the event below or on our YouTube page. 

Flyer by Ariel Cowen

Handout by Ariel Cowen

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May
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Listening Party 02: The Music of Hank Mobley

This listening party featured the music of Hank Mobley, who was an impressive sax player on his own, and was a part of the original Jazz Messengers group with Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Kenny Dorham and Doug Watkins.  We also heard from sax player Vi Redd, who almost abandoned jazz for a career in social work.  Special thanks to Jordan Faye Contemporary for the donated space.  You can find the playlist from the event below or on our YouTube page

Flyer by Ariel Cowen

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Mar
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Listening Party 01: The Music of Jimmy Smith

Our first ever listening party was a hit!  The crowd that squeezed into the small back gallery of Jordan Faye Contemporary proved that the beat of jazz is still thumping strong in people's hearts.  The sweet organ sounds of Jimmy Smith kicked off our event series, with a little help from fellow organist Shirley Scott. You can find the playlist below or on our YouTube page

Flyer by Ariel Cowen

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