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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | April 24, 2000
Eugene Franklin Oliver Jr., a Baltimore clarinetist whose spirited Dixieland jazz band was a fixture at bull and oyster roasts, fraternity parties, outdoor summer concerts and charity fund-raisers for more than 50 years, died Wednesday of cancer at his Ocean City home. He was 70. Mr. Oliver, who was known professionally as Gene Franklin, led the Pier Five Dixieland Jazz Band, which he founded in Baltimore in 1949. He continued to play with the band until his death, said his wife of 12 years, the former Loretta Copsey.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2010
Jack Hook, a trombonist who was also the longtime secretary-treasurer of Local 40-543 of the American Federation of Musicians of Metropolitan Baltimore, died Tuesday of a ruptured aneurysm at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 76. Mr. Hook, who was born in Baltimore and raised on St. Paul Street, graduated in 1952 from City College. Mr. Hook didn't start studying and playing the trombone until he was a teenager. "He was largely self-taught and held no degrees in music," said his daughter, Susan L. "Lorrie" Loveland, who lives in Parkville.
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NEWS
June 23, 2006
Vintage jazz -- Lowes Annapolis Hotel will present "Jazz at the Powerhouse" from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. today and tomorrow at 126 West St., Annapolis. PowerHouse Six will give a ragtime and Dixieland performance today, and Jazz Combo will perform swing-era classics tomorrow. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. Admission is $20, and reservations are required. 410-269-0777.
BUSINESS
By JAY HANCOCK | June 10, 2009
Isn't it time Maryland seceded from the South? Should we finally ratify the coup set in motion by Abraham Lincoln, John W. Garrett and Samuel Gompers? The state's legislative leaders seem to think we should. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch have asked a government trade group to remove Maryland from the company of Tennessee and Oklahoma in its Southern region and place it with New York and Vermont in the Eastern division. "Maryland in its policy decisions and economy has gotten more in line with New England and the Middle Atlantic states than it is with the Southern states," says Busch.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lori Sears | June 20, 2002
If jazz is your thing, you'll be in music heaven at the Cape May Music Festival in New Jersey Sunday. Jazz singer Banu Gibson delivers an evening of jazz standards with the help of her band, Hot New Orleans Jazz. Songs by Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday and George Gershwin will fill the Cape May Convention Hall. The six-week music festival concludes with this show. Gibson formed Hot New Orleans Jazz in 1981 in (where else?) New Orleans. She and the band have appeared on a number of television programs, including the PBS series Dixieland Jazz From New Orleans, and on radio programs including Riverwalk, Live From the Landing on Public Radio International.
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By Rosalie M Falter | February 26, 1991
The band plays jazz, dixieland, ragtime and rhythm and blues.The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights will have its 14th annual Prayer Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane.Guest speaker for the program will be the Rev. McCarl Roberts, a Methodist minister and executive director of the Maryland Bible Society. He is a graduate ofthe Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the Wesley TheologicalSeminary in Washington, D.C.The theme of the Rev. Roberts' "Magic With a Message" presentation will be "The Bible Tells Me So; Jesus'Message Reaching Out To a Needy World."
FEATURES
By LAURA CHARLES | March 10, 1991
LOCAL FILMMAKER John Waters, rumored to be working on his hush-hush new film project, is slated to host the first Hair Ball, a hair-raising event for Baltimore's art community, on April 27 at the Maryland Art Place at 218 W. Saratoga St.Tickets are $10 for MAP members and $15 for the public, which should guarantee a sellout. Make checks payable to MAP and send by April 12; a guest list will be held at the door.Meanwhile, Waters fans might want to mark April 4 on their calendars, when the filmmaker and noted raconteur returns to the Comedy Factory Outlet to reveal more of his "obsessions."
SPORTS
By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | April 27, 1993
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Union City, the Kentucky Derby colt trained by D. Wayne Lukas, turned in the quickest workout of the morning yesterday, going six furlongs in 1 minute, 13 seconds.Prairie Bayou, the pre-race favorite, completed his serious Derby preparation with a solid, workmanlike five furlongs in 1:01.But it was Dixieland Heat that caused the most commotion at Churchill Downs yesterday.Did the colt work, or didn't he?Day-long rains on Sunday caused the strip to be muddy and prompted three trainers to cancel planned speed drills for their horses.
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By Rosalie Falter and Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 14, 1996
THE PATAPSCO Overlook Dixieland Band, a relative newcomer to the entertainment field in the Baltimore-Washington area but whose musicians have a combined total of more than 100 years of performing experience, is coming to Linthicum Park.The group plays at 6 p.m. today in the second performance of the Concert in the Park series sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights.The band is led by Rob White, tenor banjoist and lead vocalist. The group combines sing-alongs with instrumental numbers.
NEWS
By GEORGE F. WILL | January 18, 1993
Washington. -- On February 10, 1956, 21 months after the Supreme Court's school-desegregation decision and less than three months after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to yield her seat to a white male passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, the Georgia Legislature took a stand. It redesigned the state flag that had been adopted by the 1879 legislature (which included many Confederate veterans). The 1956 legislature made a new flag, two-thirds of which is the Confederate Battle Flag.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 30, 2006
The indigenous American art form of vintage jazz was recently celebrated at Loews' Powerhouse in Annapolis. The event was hosted by Elana Byrd, who with her husband - bassist Joe Byrd - has promoted a resurgence of jazz in Annapolis. Joe Byrd is the brother of the late jazz legend Charlie Byrd, and the Charlie Byrd Trio for years was a main draw of the King of France Tavern at the Maryland Inn. The June 23--24 weekend closed the Powerhouse jazz season for the summer, with Friday night featuring the newly formed Powerhouse Six led by clarinetist Bob Thulman in a program of Dixieland and ragtime.
NEWS
June 23, 2006
Vintage jazz -- Lowes Annapolis Hotel will present "Jazz at the Powerhouse" from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. today and tomorrow at 126 West St., Annapolis. PowerHouse Six will give a ragtime and Dixieland performance today, and Jazz Combo will perform swing-era classics tomorrow. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. Admission is $20, and reservations are required. 410-269-0777.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lori Sears | June 20, 2002
If jazz is your thing, you'll be in music heaven at the Cape May Music Festival in New Jersey Sunday. Jazz singer Banu Gibson delivers an evening of jazz standards with the help of her band, Hot New Orleans Jazz. Songs by Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday and George Gershwin will fill the Cape May Convention Hall. The six-week music festival concludes with this show. Gibson formed Hot New Orleans Jazz in 1981 in (where else?) New Orleans. She and the band have appeared on a number of television programs, including the PBS series Dixieland Jazz From New Orleans, and on radio programs including Riverwalk, Live From the Landing on Public Radio International.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | April 24, 2000
Eugene Franklin Oliver Jr., a Baltimore clarinetist whose spirited Dixieland jazz band was a fixture at bull and oyster roasts, fraternity parties, outdoor summer concerts and charity fund-raisers for more than 50 years, died Wednesday of cancer at his Ocean City home. He was 70. Mr. Oliver, who was known professionally as Gene Franklin, led the Pier Five Dixieland Jazz Band, which he founded in Baltimore in 1949. He continued to play with the band until his death, said his wife of 12 years, the former Loretta Copsey.
FEATURES
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | October 25, 1996
If the movie South didn't exist, it would have to be invented as a dialogue exercise for New York actors seeking to stretch. That's what "The Grass Harp" is: an exercise in phony Southern accents, phony gentility and phony Capote.Derived from the Truman person's first novel, it's the somewhat tonally unsure story of two prissy Alabama spinster sisters, one of whom secedes from the family union by hiding in a treehouse with a few confederates, thereby throwing the whole town into a tizzy. Yes, it's a tizzy movie, I'm afraid.
NEWS
By Rosalie Falter and Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 14, 1996
THE PATAPSCO Overlook Dixieland Band, a relative newcomer to the entertainment field in the Baltimore-Washington area but whose musicians have a combined total of more than 100 years of performing experience, is coming to Linthicum Park.The group plays at 6 p.m. today in the second performance of the Concert in the Park series sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights.The band is led by Rob White, tenor banjoist and lead vocalist. The group combines sing-alongs with instrumental numbers.
FEATURES
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | October 25, 1996
If the movie South didn't exist, it would have to be invented as a dialogue exercise for New York actors seeking to stretch. That's what "The Grass Harp" is: an exercise in phony Southern accents, phony gentility and phony Capote.Derived from the Truman person's first novel, it's the somewhat tonally unsure story of two prissy Alabama spinster sisters, one of whom secedes from the family union by hiding in a treehouse with a few confederates, thereby throwing the whole town into a tizzy. Yes, it's a tizzy movie, I'm afraid.
BUSINESS
By JAY HANCOCK | June 10, 2009
Isn't it time Maryland seceded from the South? Should we finally ratify the coup set in motion by Abraham Lincoln, John W. Garrett and Samuel Gompers? The state's legislative leaders seem to think we should. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch have asked a government trade group to remove Maryland from the company of Tennessee and Oklahoma in its Southern region and place it with New York and Vermont in the Eastern division. "Maryland in its policy decisions and economy has gotten more in line with New England and the Middle Atlantic states than it is with the Southern states," says Busch.
SPORTS
By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | April 27, 1993
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Union City, the Kentucky Derby colt trained by D. Wayne Lukas, turned in the quickest workout of the morning yesterday, going six furlongs in 1 minute, 13 seconds.Prairie Bayou, the pre-race favorite, completed his serious Derby preparation with a solid, workmanlike five furlongs in 1:01.But it was Dixieland Heat that caused the most commotion at Churchill Downs yesterday.Did the colt work, or didn't he?Day-long rains on Sunday caused the strip to be muddy and prompted three trainers to cancel planned speed drills for their horses.
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