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By Eric Siegel R | September 24, 1991
The blues is going out of the old Blues Alley nightclub here.So is the jazz, and the reggae and country music, too -- at least for the foreseeable future.The showcase club in the Mount Royal cultural district -- which opened seven years ago as Ethel's Place, then became Blues Alley and later the International Pavilion but has been dark for the past several months -- is scheduled to reopen in November as Spike and Charlie's Restaurant and Wine Bar.Baltimore brothers Charles and David "Spike" Gjerde say that initially they will offer no live music in the space that over the years featured such top-name entertainers as Sarah Vaughan, Koko Taylor and Rodney Crowell and was widely regarded as having the best acoustics in the city.
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By Colleen Jaskot, For The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
Gregg Karukas was sitting in his car, waiting to meet someone, watching the afternoon Grammy awards ceremony stream on his iPhone for about 10 minutes, when he found out he won. Karukas, a Maryland native who will return to the area for a show in March, produced, co-wrote and arranged Omar Akram's album "Echoes of Love," which won Best New Age Album at the 55th Grammy Awards on Feb. 10. Since he didn't attend the ceremony, his immediate reaction...
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By Colleen Jaskot, For The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
Gregg Karukas was sitting in his car, waiting to meet someone, watching the afternoon Grammy awards ceremony stream on his iPhone for about 10 minutes, when he found out he won. Karukas, a Maryland native who will return to the area for a show in March, produced, co-wrote and arranged Omar Akram's album "Echoes of Love," which won Best New Age Album at the 55th Grammy Awards on Feb. 10. Since he didn't attend the ceremony, his immediate reaction...
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January 29, 2009
theater 'Grease': Attention Soul Patrol. Here's a chance to see American Idol winner Taylor Hicks up close and personal - he performs the part of Teen Angel in Grease, the perennial crowd-pleaser set in the 1950s. Hicks will only appear during the first week of the run, Tuesday-Feb.8. The musical runs Tuesday-Feb. 15 at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. Showtimes vary. Tickets cost $22-$67. Call 410-547-7328 or go to france-merrickpac.com. Mary Carole McCauley art 'Unraveling the Nest': Unraveling the Nest, a series of prints by artist Debra Rubino, runs through Feb. 22 at Stevenson University, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road in Stevenson.
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July 15, 1993
POLICE LOG* North Laurel: 9100 block of Blues Alley: A green 1992 Ford Ranger was stolen late Sunday or early Monday, police said.
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August 22, 1994
POLICE LOG* North Laurel: 9100 block of Blues Alley: Cash and food were stolen Tuesday after someone entered a home through an unlocked second floor window, police said.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | September 9, 2005
AT 26, ROBERT GLASPER is already impressive - a gifted jazz musician with a brilliant, energetic technique and a fresh, mesmerizing sense of melody and composition. A native of Houston, Texas, Glasper will release Canvas, his exuberant debut for Blue Note Records, Oct. 4. He will bring his playful, Herbie-Hancock-influenced style to Washington's Blues Alley Nov. 9. His critically well received first album, Mood, was released on the independent Fresh Sound New Talent label in 2003. Based in New York, Glasper has backed an interesting range of artists, including Carly Simon, Q-Tip and Mos Def. An accessible, fluid stylist who at times weaves hip-hop, gospel and R&B influences through his compositions, Glasper is a musically illuminating cat with a limitless future in modern jazz.
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October 23, 1996
Police logJessup: 7400 block of Assateague Drive: A man leaving a truck's sleeper cab Tuesday was grabbed by an assailant and cut slightly on the neck, hands and thigh. After the victim's wallet was taken, he got back into the truck and fell asleep.North Laurel: 9100 block of Blues Alley: Someone entered a unit at the Seasons Apartments, but nothing was taken.Pub Date: 10/23/96
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October 8, 1993
* North Laurel: 9100 block of Blues Alley: A $100 portable car phone was taken from a 1986 Toyota Camry Monday or Tuesday.9400 block of Falling Waters Court: A 10-inch hunting knife was among several items stolen from a 1990 Chevrolet F-10 truck Sunday.9400 block of Fens Hollow: A $150 radar detector was stolen from a tan Honda Civic Saturday or Sunday. The car's glove compartment also had been ransacked.9600 block of Glendower Court: Personal property valued at more than $300 was stolen from a white Toyota Camry Saturday or Sunday.
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By Alex Ward and Alex Ward,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 1, 2002
In Maryland and Washington, where the singer Eva Cassidy lived and performed, her reputation has reached almost mythical proportions. The same is true in Britain, where Songbird, one of several posthumously released Cassidy albums, was No. 1 for a time last year. That four-year-old CD has since achieved gold-seller status in this country, too. There are Web sites devoted to Cassidy's memory, a coffee-table biography by two British writers (not yet published in the United States), and talk of a movie based on her life.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2008
During her short life of 33 years, singer Eva Cassidy was hardly known beyond her gigs at Blues Alley in Washington and at Pearl's, Reynolds Tavern and the Maryland Inn in Annapolis. Her two recordings, a 1992 CD called The Other Side that featured go-go legend Chuck Brown and 1996's Live at Blues Alley, got radio play only in Maryland and the D.C. area. Only after her death - of melanoma in 1996 - did the Bowie native achieve her dream of being heard by a wider audience.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | September 9, 2005
AT 26, ROBERT GLASPER is already impressive - a gifted jazz musician with a brilliant, energetic technique and a fresh, mesmerizing sense of melody and composition. A native of Houston, Texas, Glasper will release Canvas, his exuberant debut for Blue Note Records, Oct. 4. He will bring his playful, Herbie-Hancock-influenced style to Washington's Blues Alley Nov. 9. His critically well received first album, Mood, was released on the independent Fresh Sound New Talent label in 2003. Based in New York, Glasper has backed an interesting range of artists, including Carly Simon, Q-Tip and Mos Def. An accessible, fluid stylist who at times weaves hip-hop, gospel and R&B influences through his compositions, Glasper is a musically illuminating cat with a limitless future in modern jazz.
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By Alex Ward and Alex Ward,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 1, 2002
In Maryland and Washington, where the singer Eva Cassidy lived and performed, her reputation has reached almost mythical proportions. The same is true in Britain, where Songbird, one of several posthumously released Cassidy albums, was No. 1 for a time last year. That four-year-old CD has since achieved gold-seller status in this country, too. There are Web sites devoted to Cassidy's memory, a coffee-table biography by two British writers (not yet published in the United States), and talk of a movie based on her life.
NEWS
October 23, 1996
Police logJessup: 7400 block of Assateague Drive: A man leaving a truck's sleeper cab Tuesday was grabbed by an assailant and cut slightly on the neck, hands and thigh. After the victim's wallet was taken, he got back into the truck and fell asleep.North Laurel: 9100 block of Blues Alley: Someone entered a unit at the Seasons Apartments, but nothing was taken.Pub Date: 10/23/96
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March 23, 1995
POLICE LOG* North Laurel: 9000 block of Stebbing Way: A resident discovered Sunday that someone had stolen four bicycles from a locked storage area, police said.9600 block of Barrel House Road: Someone pried open the window of a vacant apartment, entered and vandalized the apartment between March 10 and Friday, police said.9100 block of Blues Alley: Someone tried to steal a 1978 Pontiac Bonneville by breaking its ignition Sunday night or early Monday, police said.
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October 8, 1993
* North Laurel: 9100 block of Blues Alley: A $100 portable car phone was taken from a 1986 Toyota Camry Monday or Tuesday.9400 block of Falling Waters Court: A 10-inch hunting knife was among several items stolen from a 1990 Chevrolet F-10 truck Sunday.9400 block of Fens Hollow: A $150 radar detector was stolen from a tan Honda Civic Saturday or Sunday. The car's glove compartment also had been ransacked.9600 block of Glendower Court: Personal property valued at more than $300 was stolen from a white Toyota Camry Saturday or Sunday.
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By Mike Giuliano and Mike Giuliano,Contributing Writer | February 28, 1992
Spike & Charlie'sWhere: 1225 Cathedral St.Hours: Lunch served 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays; dinner served 5:30 p.m. to midnight Mondays to Thursdays, and 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The next concert at the club is saxophonist Santo Mirabile on Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. There is a $7 cover.Menu: eclectic.Credit cards: AE, MC, V.Call: (410) 752-8144. If you walk past the building at the corner of West Preston and Cathedral streets late at night and hear a jazz ensemble wailing away inside, it isn't just musical nostalgia getting the better of you. Jazz has indeed returned to the site of Ethel's Place, Blues Alley and International Pavillion.
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July 15, 1993
POLICE LOG* North Laurel: 9100 block of Blues Alley: A green 1992 Ford Ranger was stolen late Sunday or early Monday, police said.
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