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.
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Earlier Event: July 31Listening Party 04: Celebrating Women in Blues Music
Later Event: September 18Listening Party 06: The Music of Ornette Coleman