Jazz at the Manor


Jazz at the Manor: A Summer Series is TWC’s yearly benefit concert series which brings national and local jazz musicians to Harford County for summer evenings of great jazz, good food and fun times while, relaxing and networking.


From The Afro Newspaper, August, 2012:

Music fans looking to enjoy a warm breeze with tunes of smooth jazz and R&B in the air needed to look no further than Jazz at the Manor this summer in Harford County.

Hosted by The Women’s Challenge, Inc., the event offered four sessions of live music this season as guests enjoyed wine and finger foods in the comfort of lawn chairs on the grounds of Rockfield Manor in Bel Air, Md.

“It’s a beautiful atmosphere and ambiance here,” said founder of The Women’s Challenge, Lorraine Bailey-Carter.

The non-profit organization was founded in 2009 and focuses on improving the mind, body, and spirit of the entire woman.

“Everything we do is situated around music, even going back to biblical times and moving to slavery. Everything is about communication because women are communicators and nurturers.”

Performers for the event included Brian Christopher, Mel Roberts and headliner, Kevin Jackson.

“It was a great time to be had by all,” said Jackson, who performed songs from his latest album, a compilation titled “Stories in Color.”

“People are starting to sing the words to the songs and it’s an awesome feeling to know that your work is being recognized,” said the veteran Baltimore-based musician.

“One of the reasons we bring Jazz at the Manor here to Harford County is because we want the exposure to the culture of the Arts,” said Lisa Irving, treasurer of The Women’s Challenge board of Directors. “It’s something that we feel is lacking and it helps with the scholarship fund that we give to the young ladies. The word is getting out and we had more participation in this second year.”

Vendors were present to market everything from self-published books to earrings, shades, and designer purses.

The event was sponsored by several local businesses such as Famous Dave’s, who catered the event, Total Urgent Care, and Water’s Auto Service. Jazz at the Manor is expected to garner even more attention next year.



“The Women’s Challenge’s “Jazz At The Manor Series” is a must see!  She always brings top notch talent to a lovely, local venue.  We always enjoy the atmosphere.  Just come out, kick back and be ready to enjoy, world class jazz musicians, fashion shopping opportunities, great food and usually some surprises.  The staff is friendly, skillful and work together and make our experience a memorable one.  And the music is exceptional! ”

~ Margaret DeCastro


“We had a wonderful time, in spite of the rain and look forward to attending future events. He was quite impressed with your personalized service.”

~ Sharon R Snead, Edgewood, MD

“The tribute to EWF [2010] was great!! It was so relaxing sitting on the grounds at “The Manor!!!” Can’t wait to attend another event!! Thanks Lorraine and Buddy [Jordan]!!!!”

~ Michele Davis, Forest Hill, MD 

“What a beautiful setting you have there—scented flowers, the stars, music & wine. My friends and I attended your May 27th JAZZ at “The Manor” with “In Gratitude.” We had such a wonderful time we are considering seeing them at Ram’s Head in July [2010]. The band was wonderful and the folks who attended were so friendly. It was a terrific evening! I’m sure we’ll be at future shows.”

~ Anne Welsh, Belcamp, MD


Jazz at the Manor 2012 Video

Jazz at the Manor 2011 Video



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