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Pianist/composer Lafayette Gilchrist headlines virtual benefit concert. June 13 2021, 11.00 am EDT.

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Join Lafayette Gilchrist at a virtual Spring Jazz Brunch presented by end-of-life care organization Gilchrist (no relation). Proceeds will benefit Gilchrist's Baltimore City inpatient hospice center

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June 13: Pianist/composer Lafayette Gilchrist headlines virtual benefit concert


Please join pianist/composer Lafayette Gilchrist at a virtual Spring Jazz Brunch
Sunday, June 13
at 11 a.m. EDT


The event, presented by end-of-life care organization Gilchrist (no relation), also features Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids. Proceeds will benefit Gilchrist’s Baltimore City inpatient hospice center.


The performance may be viewed for free. $150 tickets with brunch delivery available in Baltimore area.


For more information visit

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“Music is like air to breathe. It’s my every waking thought. I can’t remember being without music…. I love this town because it gave me everything. Baltimore people shaped me. Baltimore people embraced me and saw something in me. Baltimore will always be home.”  – Lafayette Gilchrist


Baltimore pianist/composer Lafayette Gilchrist headlines Spring Jazz Brunch benefiting hospice services in Baltimore


Virtual event will be held on Sunday, June 13


The brunch also features Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids

Gilchrist, Maryland’s largest provider of serious illness and end-of-life care, will hold its fifth annual Spring Jazz Brunch on Sunday, June 13, at 11:00 a.m. The event will benefit Gilchrist’s Baltimore City inpatient hospice center. The Jazz Brunch will feature acclaimed Baltimore-based jazz pianist and composer Lafayette Gilchrist, whose compositions have graced the soundtracks of David Simon’s acclaimed series The Wire, The Deuce and Treme. (Lafayette Gilchrist is not affiliated with Gilchrist, the organization). The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids will also perform. To learn more and register for the Spring Jazz Brunch benefiting Gilchrist Center Baltimore, visit

The event, held virtually this year, will include a brunch delivery from the Classic Catering People for those who purchase tickets. A free option is available without brunch. Proceeds from the event will help provide inpatient and residential hospice care at Gilchrist Center Baltimore for adults and children at the end of life. Gilchrist offers services to anyone in need, including low-income, uninsured and homeless city residents. The facility is the only residential hospice center in Baltimore and houses the only pediatric inpatient hospice unit in Maryland.

“Gilchrist’s Jazz Brunch brings together the sounds and tastes of Baltimore with those who care about helping our city’s most vulnerable,” said Catherine Hamel, president of Gilchrist. “It’s a wonderful cause, and Gilchrist is committed to ensuring that every city resident who needs care and support at the end of life is able to receive it, regardless of ability to pay.”

Gilchrist will relocate its Baltimore City inpatient facility later this year to a new center at Stadium Place on East 33rd Street, the former site of Memorial Stadium. Currently under construction, the new 30,000 square-foot Gilchrist Center Baltimore, situated on 1.5 acres, will contain 18 private adult and four pediatric suites for inpatient residential hospice and respite care. The center will continue Gilchrist’s 30-year legacy of providing end-of-life care for city residents.

Gilchrist is a nationally recognized nonprofit leader in serious illness and end-of-life care. With elder medical care, counseling and hospice, we help people at every stage of serious illness live life to the fullest and make informed choices about their care. Since 1994, the organization has served thousands of individuals throughout Central Maryland—in homes, in skilled nursing and residential care communities, and at our three inpatient hospice centers in Towson, Howard County and Baltimore. Gilchrist is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), is a recipient of the Circle of Life award from the American Hospital Association, and is part of GBMC HealthCare, which received the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award in 2020. For more information about Gilchrist, visit

Lafayette Gilchrist’s music draws on the span of jazz history from stride to free improvisation, along with inspiration from hip-hop, funk, and Washington D.C.‘s unique go-go sound. His work thrives on making surprising connections between styles and influences, and his compositions have graced the soundtracks of David Simon’s acclaimed series The Wire, The Deuce, and Treme. He leads the genre-defying ensembles the New Volcanoes and the Sonic Trip Masters All Stars, and along with bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Eric Kennedy, he’s a member of the adventurous collective trio Inside Out. In 2017, Gilchrist was named a Local Legend by Baltimore magazine, while Baltimore City Paper named Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes as “Best Band.” In 2018 he was chosen as a Baker Artist Award winner.