At age 50, Eliza Bussey suddenly decided to learn music.
Eliza Bussey has always been around music. She attempted to play the guitar as a little girl and worked at the Metropolitan Opera House as a young woman. But, until recently, she could never read a...
Sixty years after signing her first record contract, Ethel Ennis still isn't singing the blues.
Did you ever hear the one about Lady Day biting Miles Davis at Ethel Ennis's house? It's true. She bit him on the hand. And drew blood.
In the early-1960s, Ennis was living on Druid Hill Avenue,...
The local opera scene has experienced a profound shift since the demise of the Baltimore Opera Company.
The news wasn’t unexpected. The Baltimore Opera Company had already filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the end of 2008, and it seemed unlikely that the organization was going to right its ship when...
Who has it. Who's lost it. And how to get it.
Delegate Keiffer Mitchell Jr. is at a cafe, being interviewed for this story, when his cell phone rings. "Hang on a sec, I've got to take this," he says. He leans away and answers the phone. He's...
The Baltimore-born star copes with his recent arrest and his mother's ongoing addictions.
When police arrived at the Fell Street apartment building early in the morning on October 1, they found Shawntia Hardaway sitting on a chair in the opulent lobby, sobbing.
According to a police...
Phil Wiser’s dramatic and unlikely ascent has taken him from Hammerjacks to Silicon Valley.
Phil Wiser was a senior at Eastern Vo-Tech and something of a science geek in 1984. But Wiser wasn’t your typical nerd, with his long hair and confident swagger. In fact, he was class president and...
Holiday Entertaining Extras!- A Holiday Potluck- Recipe: Chocolate Linzer Tart- Recipe: Market Apple Pie- How To Make: A DIY Chalkboard- Recipe: Haricot Vert Saute- Recipe: Winter Salad- Recipe:...
A local group is putting rock on the map in Baltimore.
These days, most music making it big in Baltimore tends to be experimental. But locals J. Roddy Walston and The Business serve up good old-fashioned rock and roll. The Tennessee transplants (who’ve...
Some of the best rock bands of the 1970s recorded at Blue Seas Recording Studios, until it sank, under mysterious circumstances, into the harbor.
It’s not every day you see a guitar floating in the Inner Harbor.
But on Christmas Day 1977, a Martin D-28 guitar drifted past Pier 4, along with reels of audiotape, microphones, speaker monitors, a...
Local jazz tradition passes from generation to generation, with some help from a state program.
The Samick spinet piano in Kayle Simon's front foyer in Columbia comes with the standard, wooden piano bench. When her 16-year-old son Ethan is visited by his classical piano teacher, the instructor...