Celebrating Ethel Ennis, Baltimore’s First Lady of Jazz

October 22, 2023 – March 31, 2024
Exhibit Gallery, The George Peabody Library

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This landmark exhibition devoted to jazz vocalist Ethel Ennis (1932–2019) explores each era of the singer’s remarkable life—including Ethel’s Place, the storied Baltimore music club she owned with husband Earl Arnett.

Featuring some 130 items from the Sheridan Libraries’ Ethel Ennis and Earl Arnett Collection, the photographs, posters, unpublished written arrangements, audiovisual recordings, and other archival materials on display trace how Ennis connected with audiences worldwide through her artistry and personal philosophies while pioneering a music career deeply rooted in her hometown.

Cover poster for Ethel's Place

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