The Maryland Historical Society just received 176 keys to jazz history.
Two pianos that belonged to Baltimore-born composer and pianist Eubie Blake were recently donated to the midtown museum. The donation comes amid an uptick of interest in Blake, given the recent Broadway revival of the famed musical he wrote with Noble Sissle, Shuffle Along. It was the first to be written by an African American composer.
The public will get a look at the genuine artifacts starting on June 29, when they debut as part of the exhibit, What and the Why? Collecting at the Maryland Historical Society.
Before that, the MHS is planning to jazz it up with a cocktail party on May 19. Lafayette Gilchrist will provide the sounds, and the museum’s garden will provide the backdrop. More info.
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