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Published on: March 30, 2011

New Exhibit at the Central Library!


A multimedia look at the movers & shakers and music makers of Baltimore’s jazz age


BALTIMORE – The Enoch Pratt Free Library presents a new and free exhibit spotlighting Baltimore’s jazz scene in the early 20th century.

The Roots of Jazz in Baltimore
Starting Friday, April 1 to Sunday, July 3, 2011
Central Library Annex Corridor Gallery
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

This multimedia exhibit chronicles jazz life in Baltimore during the early 1900s through the 1940s and beyond, a time when Baltimore was one of the most dynamic entertainment centers in America. The exhibit examines the social, cultural, and political heritage of jazz-age Baltimore and highlights the personalities of the time. Baltimore was a center for performing artists and musicians who honed their skills and called the city home.

The exhibit contains photo images, ephemera, and collectibles from a variety of collections: the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Peabody Archives, the Baltimore Musicians Project, the Regina and Roy McCoy Collection, the Crystal and Ellis Larkin Collection, Afro-American Newspapers, Audrey Matthews Williams Collection, the Bartz Family Collection, CHAPS, Baltimore Heritage, and other sources.

Baltimore has produced scores of nationally famous jazz musicians including Cab Calloway, Blanche Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ethel Ennis, Chick Webb, Gary Bartz, Ellery Eskelin, Roy "Tanglefoot" McCoy, Ruby Glover, Mickey Fields, and Ellis Larkin among many others. The exhibit is curated by Tamm E Hunt, publisher of Baltimore

For more information on The Roots of Jazz in Baltimore and other exhibits at the library, visit our website at Also look for the Pratt on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare and YouTube.

Remember at the Enoch Pratt Free Library: "Your journey starts here."

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