Making music runs in this family

January 14, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

C Probable Cause, (PC) a high energy rhythm and blues dance band based in the Hunt Valley area, was founded by its manager and lead guitarist Eddie Schaffer in 1989. In those days, Schaffer worked part-time as an insurance claims adjuster and his drummer was a law student, hence the name of the band.

But how things have changed. PC's members play full-time now and are doing so well they spent 34 weeks on the road last year. Plus they're recording their second album for which they wrote all the music. The recording is being made at New Dawn Records, which, for your info, is owned by Dawn Schaffer, Eddie's wife.

And that's not the only family connection with the upcoming album. The Schaffers' daughter, Kelly, is a member of the St. Paul's School for Girls choir the Saints. The choir has been asked to perform two songs, "Love Will Find A Way," and "Brand New Day" for the album, "Equal Justice Too," which is scheduled for a May release.

People in the Parkville/Perry Hall area can hear PC play at a benefit concert on Jan. 22 at the Parkville American Legion Hall. The concert will help raise money for the Nicole Van Horne Fund, which was set up to help a young Perry Hall athlete stricken with a rare form of cancer. The concert is sponsored by the Perry Hall Hawks Girls Soccer Association.

Other members of the band are John Clark, singer, formerly with the Lee Andrews Band and The Heat; singer Mary O'Connor, formerly with OHO and who recently married Jeff Bruns, the sax player who was formerly with the Towson State Jazz Ensemble; Christopher Hutton, trumpet player, formerly with Towson's Jazz Ensemble; Frederick Graf, trombone player, who once played with the Venezuelan Symphony; Mark Ford, keyboard player, who attended the Berklee School of Music; drummer Larry Glick, who attended the Peabody and Towson State; and Reggie Braxton, base guitar player, who once toured with The Third Generation.

` Sounds good to me!

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Laureen Benson-Hall wears many hats as president of Women in Film and Video of Maryland, owner of Laureen Benson-Hall Productions, Inc. and an artist. She called to tell me about her art exhibit, Jan. 29 through mid-March, at the Metropol Art Gallery and Cafe on Charles Street.

She chooses to paint under the name Turyna, her maiden name, in honor of her Russian ancestry. And I am told that her vibrantly colored paintings explore dream states and aspects of spirituality.

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Around town:

The 10th annual International Auto Show opens tomorrow for an eight-day run at the Convention Center and Festival Hall. Not only will you see the most fantastic things on wheels, but renowned race car driver, Richard Petty, is expected to make an appearance on Jan. 22 . . .

What you see isn't always what you get -- Jennifer Steele, WGRX-FM radio deejay, is annoyed. There's a tall, strawberry blond, who is passing herself off as Jennifer, who, for your information is a short, 5-foot-4-inch, woman with black hair. Sounds harmless, doesn't it? The station thought so, too, until last week when a strange woman called to say that a Jennifer Steele had assaulted her in a bar. It was not Jennifer.

Not much is known about this impersonator, except that she once applied for a job at WGRX and has passed herself off as the sister of someone who owns a recording studio and as a buyer for Macy's. So let's just say, maybe impersonation is not against the law, but buyers should beware!

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