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Hampton Roads Convention Center • Hampton, VA

Nov. 9-12, 2017


2017 jazz Legacy foundation Contributors 2017 SPONSORS PLATINUM SPONSOR Abundant Life Therapeutic Services

SILVER SPONSOR Towne Bank

ADDITIONAL SPONSORS Embassy Suites Roger Brown’s Restaurant

MEDIA SPONSORS WHOV 88.1 SmoothJazz.com Coool Cat Radio Parker Media Positive Reality

JAZZ LEGACY FOUNDATION MEMBERS BRASS MEMBERS William McCoy

STRINGS MEMBERS Crystal Tinsley Nicole DeJesus

KEYS MEMBERS Talton Manning – First Official Member 2013 Kathy Vignau Charlina Hadi Donald Lee Leone Lee Carolyn Stokes Arsenior Thomas LaVonda Adkins Lee J Wharton Michelle Henry Cassandra Cola

DONORS ($5000 +) Alvin Keels Jr.

($1001-$4999)

CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT SPONSORS

Raymond Peele - Dan Ryan’s for Men Kiln Creek Golf Club & Resort Sweet Teas Southern Cuisine The Ray and Joan Kroc center Salvation Army Fit Bar Fuel Sports Performance - Brandon Trusty Piano Showcase Wilma Horne Jazz Legacy Foundation Kathy Vignau Gerome Meminger, Sr. Lisa C. Haning - Simply Flawless Marcus Anderson Marcus Johnson Kay Fossett Jazz Legacy Foundation Sea Glass Fine Art Photography Greenbriar Country Club Ralph Thomas Frank Rehm

Dr. Angela Gregg – Chairperson

2016 - 2017 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Alvin E. Keels Sr.

($50 - $1000) Ruby Dowd George Brown Lynzette Boyd Dorian Ross Chikita Simmons Hollimon & Angela Gregg Marcus Pope Walter Tanner Laura Suggs Tawanda Gooding Marietta Cowart Carey Aursby Jeanie Thorne Kimberly Atkins Newt Smith

TRUMPETER SPONSOR Inter-Op

LUNCH SPONSOR Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa

HOLE SPONSORS Alvin Keels State Farm Cabler Consulting group Carey’s Lawn Service Fun Fun Travel, LLC G & G Associates Langley Federal Credit Union Mary Kay Cosmetics - Monica Barnes Modern Nails Salon & Spa RT Training & Consulting

AUCTION CONTRIBUTORS Embassy Suites Hampton Spa Botanica-Hampton VA Bill Thomas Roger Brown’s Sports bar

(Jazz / Music Departments) Portsmouth Public Schools Norfolk Public Schools Hampton Public Schools Newport News Public Schools

2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT Neil Compuesto Woodrow Wilson High School

2015 SCHLORSHIP RECIPIENTS Brianna Vaughan – I.C. Norcom High School Cameron Saylor Churchland High School & Governor’s’ School of the Arts Dekotah Todd –Woodrow Wilson High School William Ledbetter – North Carolina A & T


Cover Art Rene Dickerson “The Funk In Studio A” Internationally acclaimed artist Rene Dickerson is this year’s cover artist for the Fiffh Annual Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala Souvenir Magazine. Dickerson and the Jazz Legacy Foundation has partnered to present the first public showing of The Funk In Studio A. The Funk In Studio A is the first painting recently completed for Rene’s Legacy Series, a personal introspective of themes painted in an original nouveau expressionistic motif. It is a visual interpretation of jazz’s influence, and a tribute to the Funk Brothers, the intrepid studio musicians of Motown Music fame. The painting also pays tribute to the gala’s November 9 – November 12 lineup at the Hampton Convention Center in Hampton , VA considered one of the nation’s top jazz concert series. Dickerson, whose works are included among corporate and private collections such as BMW and Motown,

partnered with the JLF to offer a limited 100 pieces on 30” x 40” canvas and 100 18” x 24” on fine art cotton paper. Each will be signed, numbered, hand embellished with 23k gold leaf by Rene. A portion of the sales will go to the foundation’s scholarship and music education programs. A certificate of authenticity will will accompany each print. “Although I’m a fine arts or visual artist, I appreciated the mission of the foundation once I learned what it was doing. I wanted to do more than just provide them with cover art. This is about educating the next generation of aspiring musicians and production artists who will contribute to our ORIGINAL American art form. I hope people will continue to support the Jazz Legacy Foundation, and tell other people about what they are doing,” said Dickerson.


Welcome Dear Friends, The Jazz Legacy Foundation welcomes you to the 5th annual Jazz Legacy Foundation Fundraising Gala. On November 9th through 12th 2017, the Jazz Legacy Foundation will present to you some of the best jazz talent this country has to offer in support its mission. The Gala is held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA. This 4 day event will feature a tremendous line up of Grammy award winning and chart topping Jazz talent including Paul Taylor, Keiko Matsui, Marcus Johnson, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Jeffrey Osborne, Stanley Clarke, Will Downing, James Lloyd, WAR, and many more! It is the mission of the Jazz Legacy Foundation to transform young lives through charitable support by way of educational scholarships, creative arts, leadership development, mentoring workshops, and community partnerships, all with the aspirations of enhancing the appreciation and preservation of Jazz. The initial goal is to support the music departments in our public schools by subsidizing the musical departments with the purchase of needed equipment. We will also create and conduct workshops, mentoring programs with master musicians, and offer educational scholarships to further musical endeavors and development. We are very proud that our mission is taking hold in the community. Since it’s inception in 2013, the Jazz Legacy Foundation has been able to make sizeable contributions to the Portsmouth Public Schools Foundation, followed by generous donations since then to the Norfolk, Hampton, and now, Newport News Public Schools. We have also presented scholarships, honored music educators, and held extraordinary workshops for the music students with world renowned jazz artists like violinist Karen Briggs, saxophonist Jackiem Joyner, trombonist /keyboardist Brian Culbertson and Saxophonist and Berklee Professor Dr. Walter Beasley. There will be silent auctions, art displays, national and local celebrities and many other suprises. Our past years events have been a great success, and we hope to continue that tradition in order to expand and enhance our We hope that you will support the mission and programs of the Jazz Legacy Foundation. Contribution and support opportunities are always available. Please contact us for further information at www.jazzlegacyfoundation.org, email us at jazzlegacyfoundation@gmail.com, or call 757-737-2416. We appreciate and thank you in advance for your support. Your Friend in Jazz! Jerilyn Horne Executive Director Jazz Legacy Foundation


THURSday, Nov. 9, 6pm

Friday, Nov. 10, 5:30pm

Kickoff Thursday

Festival Friday & Jam Session

President/ Ceo

Board of Directors

Alvin Keels President & CEO Jazz Legacy Foundation, Inc.

Executive Director

Jerilyn Horne-Executive Director

Alvin E. Keels Kim Waters Dr. Lisa Wallace-Davis Cynthia Melton Jerilyn Horne Clarence Harris

Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 11, Nov. 12, 6pm 2pm Saturday Night of Elegance

Sunday Grand Finale

Editor- in-Chief

Graphic designer

Writers

Transportation

Glen Mason

Glen Mason Jerilyn Horne

Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala Program

For further information, sponsorship, vendor, and program advertising opportortunities, please call Alvin Keels at (757) 737-2416 or email jazzlegacyfoundation@gmail.com

Special Guest & Hosts for the Weekend

Comedians Tony Richards, Jay LamonT, and Quincy Carr

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Steve Henderson

Associate Editor Ray White


Special Guests & Hosts

Comedian Tony Richards Comedian Quincy Carr Tony has a natural talent for the mic and was slated to be the on-air personality for his high school radio station…and his career was born! After high school, Tony took his talents on the road, providing that friendly and captivating voice across the country. He was the on-air talent for broadcasting stations on the east coast from Norfolk, Virginia and Philadelphia, to southern stations in North Carolina, Midwest stations in Chicago to western stations in Houston and Dallas Texas. Tony once headed up the talented trio and nationally recognized “Power 99 Dream Team” in Philadelphia. During this stint he sat alongside another great talent who is now one of televisions top-rated TV host, Wendy Williams. To add to his already stellar career, Tony accepted the afternoon drive position in Chicago, where he ushered ratings to the station which were the highest in the city. Then it was back to mornings in the Nation’s Capital. Tony and the Real DC Morning Show was a huge success for three years. Tony was such a fixture in DC, that when the station went to syndication and replaced the local morning show with the Steve Harvey Morning Show, the station created a position that was community-centered just for Tony and he became the man who was “Taking it to the Streets”. He became a key addition to the Steve Harvey Morning Show. This spoke to what Tony offered this metropolitan market and the love and respect that DC has for him. He now hosts his own show on weekday afternoons where he discusses the biggest topics of the day and interviews the hottest national acts in the music industry with flair and flavor.

Quincy Carr is a one of the hardestworking, quality-driven comedians in the entertainment industry. This Austin, TX native is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and professional comedian and actor who is known for his signature clean adult comedy. Since 1999, this disabled veteran has performed nationally in a variety of venues. But after spending 12 years in the slumbers of Corporate America, in 2013 Quincy decided to dedicate full time hours as an entrepreneur / entertainer! Quincy has hosted each year for the Jazz Legacy weekend. His career highlights include writing for the Steve Harvey morning show, actor in Priority Hyundai car commercials, various cable television shows and a movie ‘Employee of the year’. He also produced his own TV show (aired throughout VA in 2016 on Cox ch. 11) and was the first comedian to film a stand up comedy special in Hampton Roads (Distributed by FUBUTV). Since 2010, he has produced Virginia’s only night of all clean adult comedy aka ‘The Quality Comedy Series’ (VB Funny Bone, Dave & Busters - Va Beach). To date, Quincy has distinguished himself as a diverse,sought-after comedian. With a signature brand of quality, his clean and creative style, he presents well to any audience making Quincy Carr the Quality Comedy King. Follow and/or subscribe to him www.QuincyCarr. com and on all social media platforms @ QuincyCarr & @QualityComedyKing. For bookings email BookQuincyCarr@ gmail.com

Comedian Jay Lamont Jay Lamont, aka, “The Human IPOD” was born as a preacher’s son in Oklahoma City OK. Growing up as a kid he would make all kinds of sounds to make people laugh and cheer. When he left Oklahoma Jay moved to Houston TX. There he worked as a Radio personality for several years until one day he realized that his calling was the big stage. So Jay packed up the car and moved to Los Angeles to take his show to the stage. His stage show is so unbelievable that he receives standing ovations night after night no matter he performs. Jay’s secret recipe to his success is his ability to perform in front of any type of audience by adapting his show to fit their expectations. His show is one of a kind as he is a clean upscale entertainer that mixes a dash of comedy with a sprinkle of impressions and a hand full of that creates the ultimate experience.


Mike Phillips

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s a person, and when he was playing the tenor saxophone, Grover Washington, Jr. was just flat out cool. ,If James Brown was the Godfather of Soul, Michael Jackson the King of Pop and Miles Davis the King of Bebop and Jazz Fusion then Grover is the Sultan of Smooth Jazz. Listen closely, and you may hear how much Philadelphia’s Pied Piper influenced Mike Phillips when he was an aspiring young jazz artist. Then there are his other influences. It would be an over simplification to say he listened to his parents,’ and/ or grandparents’, jazz albums. Perhaps immersed would be a better expression. A native of Mount Vernon, NY, Phillips’s website offered that he tried a plethora of instruments in his youth before settling on the alto sax. Phillips’ early music interest helped him get to where he is musically tonight. His music styling’s, seemingly, is infused with the elements of the genres he was drawn to: the Blues, Gospel, the jazz standards, even HipHop in an attempt to distinguish his own talents to convey a jazz singularity energized with the passion of his innate musicianship. His music doesn’t need any audio effects. He doesn’t need any synthesizers or audio engineering experiments to take his music to the next level. All he has to do is just play. Just play pure Mike Phillips. Case in point; observe the list of performers who have jammed with him. Phillips has played sideman to Stevie Wonder, Prince (as has Marcus Anderson who will appear at Sunday’s Jazz Brunch), Jamie Foxx and Earl Carter. He has his own thing with the alto sax impeccable, syncopated timing and creative improvisation. “I will be a slave to my own voice, my own fingerprint. Now, I’ve been influenced by the greats, like Charlie Parker, ( John) Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stiff and Duke Ellington, Ella (Fitzgerald),” Phillips said in an interview. “But then, I have to take all of these things, put it in a pot, stir them around and add my own individuality.” Tonight’s Menu: Smooth jazz gumbo prepared by maestro Mike Phillips


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elcome home Jackiem. Jackiem Joyner is another native of Norfolk, VA who has made an impressionable mark on the smooth jazz scene. Exploring new a passion as a science fiction writer (he just pinned Zarya: Cydnus - Final Hope Book One), Joyner has taken a leap of faith in expressing himself in a vast literary genre. Exploring the extent of his creative abilities that appear to be as infinite as the sea of universes and musical expressions he sails on with partner Paul Taylor. Now, Norfolk’s son of smooth jazz returns to his Hampton Roads launching grounds to celebrate the Jazz Legacy Foundation’s Fifth Annual Fundraising Gala with co-pilot Paul Taylor. How apropos is it that with NASA right up the road when Joyner and Taylor’s perform Taylor’s hit Countdown, the “engaging” jazz performer may call jazz aficionados into the experience with the proverbial countdown 5…4…3…2…1! Along with co-pilot Joyner, expect the duo to launch into a set that’s fuses smooth jazz, funk and soul with a melodic veneer of such contemporary elements of synthydance, pop, EDM and cooler than thou neo-soul, electronica, folksy neo-rock, reggae, and a pinch, just a pinch mind you, of the of blues. Expect “home-boy (an affectionate colloquialism)” to deliver on his promise to “Evolve,” as suggested by the title of Joyner’s last solid soul-jazz album. Then there is the funky, dance inspiring, Motown-influenced sessions that has been sent to radio stations in the exultant “Trinity,” named for Joyner’s first child whose presence on the track is voiced by Steve Oliver’s incandescent acoustic guitar. Norfolk, as well as the other Seven Cities, is proud to have another talented son return to entertain us with his smooth jazz. Joyner’s musicianship has matured. He has jammed with the best of jazz having shared the stage with Keiko Matsui (featured on Saturday’s gala marquee), Selina Albright (her dad is here at the gala) and Generation NeXt (they’re performing at the gala as well) on Evolve.

Now, Joyner’s collaboration with Taylor is a whole new thing, resulting in an amalgamation of styling’s match by the duo’s passion for playing jazz. Melding syncopation expressions, as it were, into a grooving smooth jazz neo-dynamic you’ll undoubtedly be able to immerse yourself into. Their compelling team-up is like Batman and Superman, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, the X-men Storm and the Black Panther. Joyner and Taylor won’t cover many numbers if any. They are capable of building a concert performance around their own extensive songbook of hits. According to jazz writer Jonathan Widran, Taylor’s multi-faceted freewheeling approach to stylistic fusion comes from his Las Vegas days collaborating with Dino Esposito. They met playing in the marching band at UNLV. The Denver native has been mesmerizing thousands of fans, headlining hundreds of shows including segments of popular all-star tours. Besides Joyner, Taylor have performed with Peter White and Euge Groove in a lineup dubbed “Peter, Paul and Euge.” Before that Taylor was part of the blockbuster summer tours Gentlemen of the Night (with Marion Meadows and Warren Hill) and Sax and the City (with Meadows and Vincent

Ingala). Over the years, he has also hit the road with The Rippingtons and the acclaimed “Groovin’ For Grover” tour. Tonight Taylor and Joyner will groove for the gala.


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et it Flo! Whether that is his brand, or whether it’s his mantra, composer, musician, producer and entrepreneur, Marcus Johnson is a loyal supporter of the Jazz Legacy Foundation. Expect Johnson to bring the best of his “Flo” tonight. What’s impressive about Marcus Johnson is that he’ll work on his sound until he gets it to the point of pureness as he hears it. He is meticulous at sound check. Unyielding in his pursuit of perfection, driven to give his audience the best smooth jazz experience possible while wallowing in his “Flo” of things. That is tantamount. Being in the proper key makes for the perfect musical experience. Johnson and the Urban Jam Band return to the Jazz Legacy Foundation gala replete in smooth jazz splendor. With maestro Johnson, every transition is handled like a big band sound that harkens back to the musical compositions of Duke Ellington. With a smile or a glance or two at

his accompanying aggregation, they will segue back and forth into near symphonic chords until the improvisational solos are passed around like the proverbial baton. His wine business is flourishing. His brand is solid and his future is clear. Johnson is an independent Billboardranked musician, producer, owner of a music label, Three Keys Music, a NAACP Image Award nominee, Business and Educational Speaker and the CEO and Founder of FLO Brands, LLC™. Marcus Johnson has also released 15 critically acclaimed and highly prominent Contemporary Jazz Billboard ranked CDs. Johnson’s FLO Brands, LLC, trade mark is aptly titled For the Love Of; LLC. ™ FLO began as a musical publishing, production, and lifestyle branding company to house all of Johnson’s musical and entrepreneurial ventures.  However, the scope of the company has broadened delving into winemaking, sourcing grapes and production in California.  FLO Brands launched FLO Wines, LLC in March 2012. FLO Wine is capturing the taste buds of wine-lovers from California

to Hampton Roads. To date retail partners in various states include Costco, WalMart, Target, Whole Foods, Giant, Harris Teeter, Renaissance Hotels, Kroger, Aloft Hotels, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, Farm Fresh, and Total Wine. Johnson is also evolving as an innovative wine expert. He resides in the Metropolitan Washington. Marcus is currently featured weekly on Fox News and is involved with community and charity events, including service on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club. His dynamic career also includes teaching. He served on the faculty of Georgetown University Center For Professional Development in 2007, and taught at Bowie State University from 2008 through 2010 as an adjunct professor in business development. So, perhaps, that is enough about Johnson’s entrepreneurial success (he is a popular public and collegiate lecturer), commercial validation, and business. That’s anathema to the jazz milieu. Please sit back, and as Johnson’s DVD says here he is Live and Direct.


The JT Project The JT Project has performed in Dubai. Nuff said. The JT Project has been deemed a multi-talented force of sound that brings forth a unique musical conceptualization: “a new genre in music called JT.” Regarded as being adventurous and bold in their approach as jazz musicians and performers, Jacob Webb (Keyboards and Bass) and Todd Schefflin (Saxophone), leaders of The JT Project, knew it would take more than just a passing interest in music to become the creative force that they envisioned. Jacob commands each stroke on the keyboard to awaken the soul with a touch of fire, and Todd imbues life into each note he plays. The JT Project has independently released four critically acclaimed albums: Love Passion Correspondence Vol. 1 (2009), Love Passion Correspondence Vol. 2 (2012), Love Passion Correspondence Vol. 3 (2013), and Under The Covers (2014) featuring the single “Jetsetter,” which topped the Billboard charts at No. 5. For their fifth and most recent full length recording, The JT Project has partnered with record label Trippin N’ Rhythm/Sony Music Entertainment to release the album entitled Moments of Change, featuring the hit single “Overdrive.” The JT Project is a musical collective, incorporating the most talented jazz and soul musicians in New York City. The members of the group have toured and recorded with major label legends such as Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Jaheim, Ashford and Simpson and Kenny Garrett among others. Their latest single “Overdrive” climbed up Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts ferociously to No.1 for three weeks straight, and has been play listed across stations across the country, as well as on SiriusXM, Music Choice, and Mood Music. The JT Project has had the honor of performing at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the ASCAP foundation Songwriters: Next Generation Series.   In 2014 The JT Project was personally selected by Valerie Simpson of the

legendary duo Ashford and Simpson as the 2014 recipient of The ASCAP Foundation’s “Reach Out and Touch” award in honor of Nick Ashford. The JT Project has also created their own record label JT Project Records and Production company in which they compose, produce, market, promote, and distribute music for artists both on and off the label. Recent releases include the single “Horizon” by the group S.O.A.R. which climbed to No.1 on the “New & Active” Billboard and peaked at No.17 on the main Billboard Chart.   About Todd: Todd Schefflin is an award winning saxophonist, composer, horn-arranger, and multi-instrumentalist. A native of Philadelphia, Todd started playing professionally at the age of 15, picking up gigs around the city. After high school, he attended the prestigious music program at William Paterson University majoring in Music and Business. It was during this time that he co-founded the acclaimed Contemporary Jazz group The JT Project. In addition to co-leading, writing, and producing for The JT Project, Todd performs and tours alongside Atlantic

Recording artist Jaheim, R&B/Soul crooner Joe Thomas, iconic singer/ songwriter Valerie Simpson of the legendary duo, Ashford and Simpson, R&B Divas Meli’Sa Morgan, Melba Moore, Alyson Williams, Miki Howard, and Jazz greats Mulgrew Miller and Freddy Cole. About Jacob Webb: Jacob is the musical director of the world- renowned Jazz/Soul/R&B group “The JT Project” teaming up with Saxophonist Todd Schefflin. Jacob was born in the state of Kansas. During his upbringing years, Jacob worked as a musician, producer, and educator in the Kansas City metropolitan area until the year 2007. He moved to New York Metropolitan area to fulfill his dreams as a performer. Jacob has been fortunate in his career as a performer sharing the stage with artists such as Chrisette Michelle, Cheryl “Pepsi” Riley, Roy Hargrove, Kenny Garrett, Mulgrew Miller, and several other well-known artists. We’re fortunate to have the JT Project entertain you at the Jazz Legacy Foundation gala.


Generation NeXt

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ctually the sound of Generation NeXt skipped a generation. At least that was the case of former Hampton Roads native Lin Rountree of Generation Next featuring Lin, key boardist Nicholas Cole and saxophonist Lebron. “He didn’t get that musical talent from me. It wasn’t me. I wish I did take to the trumpet like Lin did,” said Lin Rountree, Sr., Rountree’s dad. “Lin’s musical senses were probably nurtured at the knees of his granddad when he was playing in the choir at the Church of God in Christ on Church Street. And you know grandfathers. Lin had the run of the choir loft.” Though a trumpet player himself, the senior Rountree says tonight’s performer took to music as if he was . . . born to it. “What you hear is all Lin.” “When we left Norfolk we moved to Alexandria. He attended The Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts (in D.C.) studied music in high school. When he was considering college, my wife and I would take him on his visits. By the third visited Lin had made up his mind where he wanted to attend college. “His mother and I took him to Florida A & M (University),” said Roundtree, Sr. “It was a family thing. “While we were getting settled and grabbing a bite he finished before we did and told us he’d walk ahead, and meet us later in the music department. By the time we got there, an assistant band director came out and told us that Lin had a partial scholarship, and if things turned out he’d receive a full scholarship,” said Lin, Sr., who was raised in the Lindenwood neighborhood of Norfolk. A founding member of the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame, Rountree, Sr. has worked for National Basketball Association for the last 14 years. “That was the kind of effort he puts into whatever he does. He didn’t need any encouragement. He knew he wanted to pursue music as a career and he dedicated himself to doing what would prepare him.” Lin immediately took to the requirements to become a member of the

famed Florida A&M Marching 100’ under the direction of William P. Foster and Dr. Julian White. It was Foster who had met his parents on the visit. (Lin credits his abilities to practice, prepare and perform to the training that he received at FAMU). Based in Atlanta, Rountree senior started telling his friends back in Norfolk about his son’s jazz musical prowess whenever he visited. Even then young Lin was producing his cd(s) himself. Lin Rountree represents the evolution of FAMU music educators and recording artists. A list that includes renowned band directors and jazzmen Reginald Walker, Emery Fears and recording stars Julian “Cannonball” Adderley and Nat Adderley, Sr. One might argue that the FAMU jazz connection practically birthed smooth jazz. Rountree’s new solo Pass The Grove shows his musicality is beyond his years. In spite of his rhythmic, soulful grooves, his technique, his mastery of composition indicates he could very well be the virtuoso jazz trumpeter of the NeXt generation. The same can be said for Cole who is considered a keyboard phenom. Cole displays the technical proficiency and artistic vision that belay his age. Unlike, his musical colleague, Cole’s dad Leon, was a professional musician. A native of Goldsboro, NC, Cole’s father was a professional musician. Having played piano and organ in church since the age of four like Rountree, Cole has undertones and meanderings of secular and spiritual musical influences in their grooves. Lebron’s bailiwick is the saxophone. His musical roots run as deep, if not deeper, as Rountree’s and Coles. It’s in his genes. Both his parents were musicians. “I went to an Earl Klugh concert with my mom when I was 12 years old. My dad had the tickets but couldn’t make it that night, so I went. The sax player in his band blew me away, and I knew right then and there that’s what I wanted to do,” said Lebron during an inter view. “The way he expressed himself and the reaction he got from the audience . . . I was hooked!” The next day Lebron grabbed an old tenor saxophone from his dad’s closet and started teaching himself.

“I had to show my parents I was serious about this,” he continued. “Honestly, my main musical influences were singers. Adding that artists such Brian McKnight, Phil Perry and Will Downing all influenced his phrasing, expression, and soloing according to a 2016 article. “Between them, they have over ten solo projects,” Joe Cleveland, the managing partner for Jazz Grooves, the presenters of the Atlanta Smooth Music Festival told the freelance writer Jazzbird. “When Generation NeXt plays together it’s like four groups in one.  You get Lin, Lebron, Nicholas, and Generation NeXt.”  Together they embody the sounds of smooth Jazz’s Legacy. They no longer “represent the future of smooth jazz music as one reviewer wrote. They ARE the future of jazz music. Think days of future past. A dynamic lead bass player from Kansas City, bassist Julian Vaughn is rapidly becoming a major player in the contemporary jazz genre. Vaughn has made a name for himself as bassist in the smooth jazz genre that is dominated by saxophone players. Although the bass is often associated with funk, Vaughn likes to play with more of a finesse style as well as some funk.   Julian Vaughn has toured all over the U.S. playing at some of the largest jazz festivals and abroad in places like Dubai, Nairobi, Italy, and Germany. As an artist, he debut on the scene in 2010 with his CD titled “The Purpose Project” an album that would later pave the way to his 2012 album “Breakthrough”. Vaughn has had 2 number ones on the Billboards. His hit single “On Your Feet” made head waves as the #1 most added out of the box on the Jazz Billboards Chart and stayed there for 3 weeks along with the single “Ride Along” which debut at number 1 from his CD titled “Limitless” in 2015. His current single title cut, “Bona Fide,” has already cracked the top 10 on the jazz billboard chart and still climbing. “Bona Fide” which is due out June 30th will be Vaughn’s 4th album and is expected to be some of his best work to date.


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hey became the musical amalgamation/aggregation that crossed or fused cultural genre into a generation expression peaceful protest politics. War was the rebel voice. Musically, poetically, lyrically their collective talents wasn’t going to go quietly into the night. This was a War to be won by the rhythms of peace and reason. More importantly they were about or age. New age, this was our way of going to WAR. The year was 1969, and these ‘kids’ had the nerve to carry the name WAR at a time when peace was the slogan in an anti-Vietnam America. “Our mission was to spread a message of brotherhood

and harmony”. Original Band Members included Lonnie Jordan, singer/ keyboardist; Howard Scott, guitars/ vocal; Lee Oskar, harmonica; B.B. Dickerson, bass/ vocals; Harold Brown, drums, vocals,\; the late Thomas “Papa Dee” Allen /congas/timbales, and Charles Miller, saxophonist/flutist.  -- Linear Notes 2017 Slipping Into Darkness . . . hmmmmm. The more things change they remain the same. That was one of WAR’s first anthems. If they play it in their set tonight their message may reflect the political anxiety of the country the same as it did back in our halcyon days. But let’s not go there.

The Jazz Legacy Foundation’s gala weekend is about celebrating what War brought to the music world; a cornucopia of cultural sounds and rhythms that brighten the day instead of damming it. So back from their world tour and musical sabbatical may we re-introduce WAR. (Short for text speak We Are Revoluntionaries?). War is the emissary of jazz-fusion. Their collective development is a rare expression of musicianship that expressed in each component, element and, almost primal approach to the virtuosity of their music. The aggregation has an enduring legacy that is the sum of their musical amalgamation.

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Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan (born November 21, 1948 in San Diego, California) is an American singersongwriter. He is a founding member of WAR, an American funk band in the 1970s and 1980s. Jordan has a number of roles over the years, acting as vocalist and playing guitar, piano, synthesizer, and percussion. He is among the first three people to join the group after its inception, having joined before the group adopted the name “War” (it had previously been known as “the Creators” and “Nightshift”). At the age of ten, Stuart Ziff, started playing guitar. Then afterward he played with regional rock bands through-out the United State.  Then in 1979, he moved to New York City to begin his career as a freelance-musician. As a professional sideman, he played guitar on Broadway for shows such as O’ Calcutta and The National Lampoon class of ’86.  Also as a freelance artist, Stuart performed and acted as a session-artist for acts such as Martha Reeves and Mary Wells.  In addition, in 1991, a Pizza Hut Delivery advertisment-campaigned choice him to be lead vocalist. In the same year, Stuart moved to Nashville to pursue his songwriting career and continue his studio work.  In 1994, he co-wrote a composition called, Thinkin’ Problem, which went to number one on the country charts. He followed that with cuts by Anita Cochran, rock artist Gary Hoey Salsa Soup and the late Johnny Adams. He left Nashville and traveled to Los Angeles in 2000 to continue writing and performing. A songwriter he is represented by EMG MUSIC. In 2002, he joined the legendary band WAR. Marcus J. Reyes, born in Bakersfield, California to parents from Chihuahua, Mexico. He has been the percussionist for WAR since 1998. At the age of seventeen, Marcos was turned onto the music of WAR, Santana, El Chicano, MALO, Latin Jazz and Salsa. Practicing on his brother’s congas, he taught himself how to play the congas and other instruments.  He continued his practice by studying with the National Folidoric group of Cuba and Los Angeles based percussionist

Louis Conte. Over the past twenty five years, Marcos has fulfilled his dream by performing touring and recording with “rock legends”. When WAR is not on tour, Marcos is an in-demand session musician, recording in studios for film and TV including working on music for Showtime, HBO and PBS. Outside of studio work, he teaches percussion privately, conducts percussion clinics for schools and music stores, leads his own band called, Salsiologoy and owns and operated a hair salon. Scott Martin started his own band after more than fourteen years of playing with Pancho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band.  He was an influential part of the Poncho Sanchez Band and has recorded with Ray Charles, Billy Preston, Sam Moore, Mongo Santamaria and many other jazz and soul greats. ​W hile Scott Martin was traveling the world, performing, recording and composing and arranging with Poncho Sanchez, the band won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance and was nominated 3 times. They also won 2 billboards Music Awards, and embarked on countless world and nationwide tours. 

Scott’s numerous compositions have been recorded on his solo release and also featured on Poncho’s recording, as well as on TV shows such as “Sex and the City”, “The Jimmy Kimmel Show”, “As The World Turns” and more. Stanley “The Baron” Behrens was born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. started playing harmonica at the age of five. He played music with a blue-eyed soul band back in the mid 60’s. Stanley was drafted into the US Army in May of 1967 and spent two years on active duty playing his harmonica during Vietnam era. Stationed at Fort Bragg North Carolina Stanley played in a blues rock band six nights a week. After 1969 Stanley worked gigs in NY and recorded a track with Alice Cooper on the “Muscle Of Love” album.  Ruth Brown asked Stanley to join her band and then he relocated to Los Angeles 1975. Stanley then met the great Jimmy Smith a jazz organist. Stanley recorded on three Jimmy Smith albums and a solo project called Stanley Behrens “HARMONICA DELUXE” on the jazz label name Dobre Records. He played on many of the Mike Post’s TV soundtracks (ROCKFORD FILES, RENEGADE,


QUANTUM LEAP, etc,) also worked with many of the top notch film composers.(Christopher Young, Trever Rabin, Mark Isham, David Newman, etc....) 1987 Stanley joined up with the well known blues man Willie Dixon. Stanley’s harmonica and saxophone is featured on Willie Dixon’s “Ginger Ale Afternoon” album and also has a track on Chess Records “The Original Wang Dang Doodle” album by Willie Dixon. January of 2000 Stanley joined the famous WoodStock band “Canned Heat”. He toured world wide as singer, harmonica, saxophone and flute player. Most recent movie he is on is “The Rum Diary” staring Johnny Depp. You can also still hear Stanley’s harmonica on all the “MY NAME IS EARL” episodes. Stanley has had a life time of making music with some of the worlds greatest artists and is now adding the band “WAR” to his outstanding list of credits. Rene Camacho is an acoustic and electric bassist living in Los Angeles. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Rene received a degree in Jazz Studies and Composition from The University Of Arizona. While Trombone was his first instrument he always had an affinity for the bass and in his college years the switch was made. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1996 Rene has had the opportunity to explore many musical ventures, both live and recording. When Rene first arrived to Los Angeles he began working with many Latin artists, most notably, a five-year stint with Celia Cruz and a brief time with Tito Puente. From there Rene began branching out to different genres such as Jazz, Soul, R&B, Country, as well as Rock. This has enabled him to record and tour with a wide variety of artists from different musical backgrounds, such artists as include Sergio Mendes, Ry Cooder, Oscar Castro Neves, Robben Ford, Angelique Kidjo, Linda Ronstadt, Draco Rosa, Raul Malo (The Mavericks), Rickie Lee Jones, Juan Gabriel, The Fifth Dimension, The Pointer Sisters, Canadian Pianist Carol Welsman, Arnold McCuller, Mongorama and Dean Brown. Rene continues to actively tour with Kevin Eubanks, Poncho Sanchez as well as with WAR and record with artists from all over the musical world. Sal Rodrigues has toured with such greats as Duke Ellington, Tom Jones, Jose Feliciano, Tierra, El Chicano, TexMex Legend “Little Joe & La Familia” Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night and many others. Sal has shared the stage with Carlos Santana, Tony Bennett, The Doobbie Brothers, Tower of Power, Malo, Aretha Franklyn, Earth Wind & Fire, AWB, Alice Cooper, Los Lobos, and his all time favorite band Grand Funk.  Sal has appeared in movies and on television including Conan O’Brian, Regis and Kelly, The Today Show and Motown Live, the movie Mars Attacks and TV Sitcoms Full House, American Family and George Lopez.  When Sal is not touring with WAR he stays busy in L.A. working the local club scene, producing, recording and organizing fundraiser in the community. Sal’s a family man with daughter Sheila, son Little Sal (his best buddy) and his beautiful wife Madeline. Sal’s inspiration is to be a full-time comedian, play piano, sing his favorite Beatles songs and make people laugh.

THE ORIGINS OF WAR O

ur instruments and voices became our weapons of choice and the songs our ammunition. We spoke out against racism, hunger, gangs, crimes, and turf wars, as we embraced all people with hope and the spirit of brotherhood. It’s just as apropos today” WAR, the original street band, was brought together by veteran record producer Jerry Goldstein (“My Boyfriend’s Back”, “Hang On Snoopy”, “I Want Candy”) and rock legend Eric Burdon (ex-lead singer of the top British band The Animals). “I first saw some of the guys who would eventually become WAR playing at a topless beer bar in the San Fernando Valley, backing Deacon Jones, the pro football player, and knew immediately how potent these kids were,” states Goldstein. “I was friends with Eric and he was ready to throw in the towel on the music scene and return to Newcastle. He was tired of the ‘rock’ thing and desperate for a fresh authentic sound. I called him the morning after I first saw the band and made him return to the club the next night with me. Eric was so blown away by what he had heard that he jumped on stage to jam with them. The guys weren’t familiar with Eric or The Animals. I had them in the studio within a week, and the rest is history!”   WAR from the beginning was a concept & musical laboratory. As Burdon’s back band, it was the vehicle for Goldstein (as producer/songwriter) and Burdon (as lead singer) to experiment with the blending of many musical styles and influences. “At the time, I didn’t envision WAR as a separate entity. It was just a band to back Eric. I kind of thought it would change with his musical moods” says Goldstein. “It turned out to be that constantly evolving device, just without Eric Burdon.” Nevertheless, Goldstein’s spontaneous impulse to scratch Burdon’s musical itch would yield a mother lode of chart gold and platinum. WAR would wind-up being honored with 17 gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards which include the triple platinum The World Is A Ghetto, double platinum Why Can’t We Be Friends? and Greatest Hits, platinum Deliver The Word, WAR Live, All Day Music, Best Of WAR and...more and Platinum Jazz, and gold Eric Burdon Declares WAR, Galaxy, and The Music Band. Eric Burdon and WAR began playing live shows and immediately found themselves in front of sold-out audiences throughout Southern California before entering into the studio to record their debut album Eric Burdon Declares WAR. The album’s key track, the erotic Latin flavored “Spill The Wine” was an immediate worldwide hit and launched the band’s career.


Gerald Albright L

ast year Jazz Legacy concert fans experienced the daughter. Now the father takes center stage. Its dad’s command, nay, “demand” performance! Gerald Albright has been a proponent of music education in public, home and private, schools since he picked up his first instrument. He has practically been a proponent of the Jazz Legacy Foundation’s mission since it’s humble, albeit, trying origin. About six, maybe even seven years ago, Albright was asked about the concept and potential of the JLF. Albright’s a visionary. Always has been. The foundation (www. jazzlegacyfoundation.com) was established to support music education and enhance “the appreciation and preservation of jazz music” the original American contribution to the arts. And we all had an affinity for smooth jazz. One would never forget the look Albright had in his eyes while heading to a late lunch with a friend. It was as if he was peering into the future, lost in thought, he said that Keel’s concept was worth pursuing. It was academically philanthropic to say the least. It was a wrap after that. “Alvin was on to something. Public school funds for art and music programs were starting to be cut big time,” said Albright. “It’s great to be back and be a part of helping to promote jazz for future generations, and support the musical talent we have in our schools and their music programs. “There is a direct correlation between music and the functions of the brain as stimuli to the areas that process math and science,” Albright continued passionately. Not necessarily trying to make a point. “Studies have shown that students who are expose to, or taught music at an early age tend to do better academically, not to mention the cultural benefits they receive.” Albright, a father of two, should know. One needs to only look at, not

only the success of his wife celebrity chef, entrepreneur and blogger Glynis but also that of his daughter singer-songwriter Selina Albright. Incidentally, Selina will be appearing with the Dave Koz 20TH Anniversary Christmas Tour Newport News, VA December 1, 2017 at Christopher Newport’s Ferguson Center. Albright’s performance at the fifth annual Jazz Legacy fundraising is special, coming off the successful launch of his wife’s new waffle and coating mix (see Jazz Legacy Brunch story). If we’re lucky he’ll ask a friend and collaborator to join him on stage while the two of them are here. Albright headlined the first Jazz Legacy’s Foundation’s gala at the Renaissance Hotel on Portsmouth’s scenic riverfront. The Renaissance ballroom was the perfect setting for the affable,

and tremendously talented bandleader and musician’s musician who, besides saxophone, plays piano, sax and bass guitar. When he is recording Albright still plays his own bass. The audience will be in for a real treat if Albright includes “Take Five,” in his set list. An all time jazz favorite by jazz and music lovers alike, Dave Brubeck’s hit literally bridged the generation gap between straight ahead and jazz-fusion to its contemporary pseudonym, smooth jazz. The last time Albright performed “Champagne Life” here a couple years ago the audience, almost on cue, sang, danced or grooved from the still popular CD. With Norman Brown off in the wings, JLF supporters and smooth jazz aficionados will encourage them to play an encore. If we’re lucky, they’ll team up to give us a memorable Champagne night.


Norman Brown A

s the adage goes he’s come this way before. But in Norman Brown’s case it’s been a while. He was born in Shreveport, LA, and raised in Kansas City. Music was always playing in Brown’s house. His brother played guitar and as an aspiring young musician Brown would sneak into his brother’s room in order to get his hands on big brother’s acoustic six-string. It’s easy to hear the assimilation created by Jimi Hendrix and Ernest Isley of the Isley Brothers when Brown was studying the Masters. Then, his bio suggests he became a student of technique and composition when he revisited his father’s favorite guitarists, Wes Montgomery. A graduate of the Musician’s Institute in North Hollywood, where he went on to teach, the Brown landed his first deal on Mojazz in 1992 where he recorded the albums Just Between Us, the Gold selling After The Storm and Better Days. Having recorded a string of successful albums including 1999’s Celebration (in which he teamed up with Paul Brown), 2002’s Just Chillin’ (featuring vocalists Michael McDonald, Miki Howard and Chanté Moore) scored a Grammy® win. The same year, Brown joined forces with saxophonist Kirk Whalum and trumpeter Rick Braun for BWB’s debut recording Groovin’. They also recorded the CDs Human Nature (2013) and BWB (2016). Brown continued a trail of critically heralded albums including West Coast Coolin’ (2004), Stay With Me (2007), Sending My Love (2010) and 24/7 with saxophonist, yeah, Gerald Albright! Brown has sold over one million albums and continues to delight his devoted fanbase. In the liner notes of Norman Brown’s exhilarating tenth solo album Let It Go, he speaks about the principals of Maat, the ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, harmony, morality and justice. These concepts of wisdom and knowledge reflect Brown’s life and music. The highly sought-after Grammy®winning guitarist, composer, singer and

producer lays out the songs on Let It Go as his own truth and blueprint for self-realization and actualization. The guitar wizard’s manifesto is simple. He states, “My desire is for my fans to gain the spirit of joy, comfort, understanding and any hint of direction.” When the iconic and pioneering guitarist George Benson sings your praises you know you are a bad man! Benson has heralded the consummate hit-maker, Norman Brown, as one of the greatest guitarists around today. Like Benson, Brown effortlessly fuses the finer elements of jazz, R&B, pop and blues to create his own insatiable and instantly identifiable and soulful sound. Brown declares, “My blending and crossing of styles happens organically by allowing the content to reveal its elements. There are only two kinds of music - ‘good and bad.” Brown has made a career of churning out the ‘good kind’ for over two decades. His unique elixir of urban contemporary jazz has allowed him to garner a devoted international following and an impressive career as a leader. He has also collaborated with the likes of Brian McKnight, Kirk Whalum, Miki Howard, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Everette Harp and Chanté Moore, to name a few. Shanachie VP of Jazz A&R Danny Weiss says, “I’m thrilled to be working with Norman Brown. It has been my goal for years! Although comparisons with the great George Benson are obvious, Norman bring a special freshness and vitality that are unmatched. Really, no one comes close.” Let It Go is a sonic canvas of 12 mostly original soul-stirring and thoughtprovoking compositions that celebrate the spiritual and personal journey within each of us. “This CD expresses a chapter of a spirit being’s journey in creation on earth as a man/woman. Through events,

challenges and problems as well as the peaceful joys of happiness and love, these moments are our spiritual classroom!” Norman Brown fans will take delight in knowing that he showcases not only his sublime guitar playing but his simmering soulful vocals as well. Let It Go opens with the ethereal and majestic “Lessons of The Spirit,” which transitions into the breezy and melodious “It Keeps Coming Back.” Brown’s crisp, clean and bluesy riffs set the tone for a thrilling and revealing ride ahead. Dropping not only musical but universal laws of wisdom and understanding, Brown explains the message behind “It Keeps Coming Back.” “If we don’t learn and live by the Laws of the Spirit (Truth) then the myriad of problems that we face in our lives will return. It’s not a choice.” The album’s title track is a lovely R&B flavored ballad that shines a spotlight on Brown’s sailing agility, utterly gorgeous tone and impeccable phrasing. The intent of this song is simple as Brown explains, “Listen to the teacher within your spirit.” Let It Go also features Brown’s delightful reworking of the 1970s Five Stairsteps’ Top 40 Pop Hit “Ooh Child.”


Ken Ford King of String

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lectric. A word that describes not only Ken Ford’s violin but aptly describes the man himself, with electrifying and deeply physical live performances that have audiences up on their feet and into the aisles, feeling the music as much as he does, jumping and dancing around on stage. Far from being any quiet instrument, Ken’s infectious energy takes the violin center stage with amazing artistry and creativity, rocking out on the violin with a passion and fervor that rivals the biggest and baddest guitar solos! A wonder to behold on stage, Ken’s evocative playing and passion for strings on the electric violin have enthralled fans of all ages, as well as peers from diverse genres, from jazz to blues, R&B to hiphop and more. With a soul-stirring style that highlights all the voices of the violin, from sensuous and genteel to dramatic and muscular, Ken’s talents have brought him on stage and into the recording studio with a range of superstar artists including Bruno Mars, Jill Scott, Wyclef Jean, Chaka Khan, Ledisi, Brian Culbertson, the late Barry White, Erykah Badu and more. Additionally, Ken had the pleasure and honor to play for our beloved First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama!! Growing up in a home filled with the diverse sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B, from the records ! his dad spun as a DJ to hearing the sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire and other acts in concert, Ken was born in St. Louis, MO and lived in Detroit, MI before his parents settled in Atlanta, GA. His parents recognized a special gift in their only child one night when they overheard him at a party, playing along with an Al Green song note for note on a toy keyboard long before his first music lesson! From that point on, they kept an instrument in his hands but he never had a formal lesson until he settled on violin at age nine,

picking violin in class to be different from his peers. With a great curiosity for music, Ken’s connection with the violin was cemented upon hearing his dad’s Noel Pointer album in elementary school, with the celebrated jazz violinist being his first and most important influence. Hearing Pointer’s cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)”, Ken says, “He was the first music I heard that I realized you can do something different on violin besides classical”. In his classical training, Ken became a founding member of the DeKalb Youth Pops Orchestra, and joined the African American Philharmonic Orchestra (AAPO), where he had the rare opportunity of performing for the late, great Barry White and worked his way to the honored position of Concert Master. During his school years, he also trained himself to play by ear the popular music on the radio, which marked a turn-around with kids jamming to his performances instead of teasing him for studying violin. ! Early in his career, Ken followed his passion for violin but lived a dual life, working as an IT programmer while honing and indulging his love of music at night, bringing his violin everywhere to jam at some of Atlanta’s hottest jazz spots. He established himself on the scene with local artists and newcomers, attracting more and more fans and

attention from national and international promoters and peers. From his first CD, “Burnt Toast” down “Chevelle Lane” into “Right Now” with the “State Of Mind” of being “Timeless”, Ken’s exhilarating performances have left music lovers awestruck, with some of his most memorable accolades including a standing ovation from over 20,000 people at the Sea Breeze Jazz Festival; being the first opening artist to ever get a standing ovation at the Omaha Riverfront Jazz Festival and first repeat artist on the same festival; receiving at least three proclamations (Ken Ford Holidays) from three different cities! Since his first taste of music and captivating audiences as a kid, Ken’s love of music continues and he is sharing that love through the Ken Ford Foundation. Teaching workshops to kids from ages 4 to 18, Ken opens their world to music, shows them how to embrace their unique talents, and encourages keeping music education in the schools. “Once music opens their world, you cannot close it,” he says. “Living in the present moment” as a constant frame of mind, Ken’s steadfast passion for violin and popular music has brought him from childhood to where he is today, indulging his passion for violin full-time before worldwide audiences, firing up everyone from kids to seniors to change their state of mind about the violin, and embrace the power of music!


James Lloyd A piece of the Dream J

ames Lloyd brought the house down last year when he paid homage to The Purple One, Prince Nelson Rogers, with his rendition of Purple Rain. So much so that the front man and keyboardist for Pieces of Dream is back by popular demand. Lloyd rocked it! If that performance was a harbinger of things to come then welcome to the Jazz Legacy Foundation’s Club Jazz (a cut from Pieces of A Dream’s 1993 cd release In Flight). When Grover Washington saw the 16 year old jamming around Philly in 1976 he knew Lloyd and his close friends drummer Curtis Harmon and bassist Cedric Napoleon would secure his legacy of jazz. They were just teenagers then but now they stand on the shoulders of Giants, Washington among them. “Playing at the Jazz Legacy Foundation is like investing in the future of jazz, “ said Lloyd, proudly, his statement punctuated with his infectious smile. Lloyd and Pieces of a Dream got its start in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania a city steeped in history, tradition and rich musical heritage. Artists like John Coltrane, Stanley Clarke, Grover Washington, Jr., Gamble and Huff, Stan Getz, Jeff Lorber, Patti Labelle, Teddy Pendergrass, Jill Scott and The Roots are just

a few of the amazingly talented musicians who hail from or have been nurtured by the “City of Brotherly Love.” This vibrant city and its melting pot of art, music and history helped shape the musical style of the young musicians who would become the talented contemporary jazz band Pieces of a Dream. Just as the city embraces its past, it continues to evolve, and so has Pieces of a Dream as the group makes history of its own by marking two major milestones: their 37thyear together as a group and the release of their 20th album entitled In The Moment came out on August 27, 2013 on Shanachie Entertainment. Founding members James Lloyd (keyboards) and Curtis Harmon (drums) both use words like “thankful,” “blessed” and “grateful” to describe how they feel about their work and their fans, who have continued to make it all possible. “That’s crazy isn’t it?” James said in an

interview after its release. “Twenty albums and the first one came out in 1981 when I was a senior in high school, 16 years old. We were out on the road with Grover Washington, Jr., Mr. Washington, back then. The following year and I basically grew up on the road with him. We would open for him as Pieces and then play as part of his rhythm section.” And Grover Washington, Jr. was indeed Lloyd’s and the aggregation’s guiding light, a mentor who took Pieces of a Dream under his wing as the first group he signed with his brand new production company. James and Curtis were the nucleus of the band, having played together as members of the Ada Lewis Middle School jazz ensemble along with former member bassist Cedric Napoleon. Danny Harmon, Curtis’ father and a jazz musician himself, became their manager and had the guys listening to the Modern Jazz Quartet, Ahmad Jamal and Oscar Peterson as they developed sound, blending their jazz roots with a contemporary veneer of R&B, soul and funk. Editor’s Note: James Lloyd will host tonight’s post concert Legacy Jam Session. He’ll be joined at the After Party by Elan Trotman, Danny Kusz, and If you haven’t been before think smooth jazz in the key of life.


Frederic Yonnet The Jazz Legacy Foundation introduced Frederic Yonnet and his energy filled, eclectic harmonica musical fantasticality to Hampton Roads jazz fans. That performance wasn’t enough. Better yet, hold on to your seats. Urban jazz harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet plays an instrument many have owned, but few have mastered like he has. Originally from France, Yonnet is regarded as one of the most talented and innovative harmonica players on the international music scene today. With each performance, stereotypical walls come tumbling down as Yonnet presents the harmonica in a refreshing and modern context. It’s stylish. It’s cool. It’s brilliant. His impressive style and electrifying stage presence have led to recordings, tours and performances with a wide range

of musicians including Grammy Award winners and music icons Stevie Wonder and Prince, UK sensation Ed Sheeran, popidols the Jonas Brothers, soul singers John Legend, Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton, John Mayer and India Aire, as well as The National Symphony Orchestra and The Dayton Philharmonics. Rolling Stone magazine referred to Yonnet as “Prince’s killer harmonica player” and praise from other influencers affirm his mission to change the way music enthusiasts, and the industry regard, the “pocket” instrument. Just listen to his sound. It funks. It rocks. It hips and hops. It grooves. It sways. It testifies. It prays. It has a reverence for gospel, blues and jazz while appealing to a generation bred on pop rock and hip-hop. Citing Stevie Wonder as a mentor and friend, Yonnet was honored when Wonder tapped him to perform harmonica parts on the Songs in the Key of Life Performance Tour, 2014-15. Wonder performed the

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entire double album as part of the 43-city tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of the most critically acclaimed album of his career. On the tunes, “Have a Talk with God” and “Mama’s Call”, Yonnet demonstrates his mastery of the diatonic harmonica by expertly mimicking the chromatic melody Wonder originally performed on the studio album. “He’s so good at playing harmonica that another man good at harmonica hired him,” said Dave Chappelle during an introduction of Yonnet.  Born in Normandy, France to a Parisian father and French Guyanese Creole mother, Yonnet lived in and around Paris most of his life. As a child, he and his dad performed comedy routines in theaters throughout France and by 14, he decided to literally march to the beat of his own drum. After a short stint as a drummer, Yonnet revisited an instrument he had received as a child, the harmonica. “I got kicked out of bands because I kept trying to play the melody on the drums,” says Yonnet. “On the harmonica, I can play both the melody and the rhythm. Plus it’s lighter to carry.” Now, U.S.-based Yonnet travels with pedal boards, mixers, amps, microphones and more than 50 diatonic harmonicas. “I’m pretty intense on the harmonica and I like to have the ‘sharpest ax’ at all times.” To be sure, he’s not afraid to wield it. There aren’t many musicians who would go head-to-head with Wonder on the harmonica, but Yonnet has proved himself more than capable The late Prince Rogers Nelson first witnessed Yonnet’s expert musicianship, exhilarating panache and inexhaustible stage presence. It would be months before their paths crossed again, but when they did, Prince seized the opportunity to have Yonnet jam with him and his band at


a house party. “Genius recognizes genius,” said saxophonist Mike Phillips, who performed with them that night and witnessed the energy that Yonnet brought to the band. After that, Yonnet recorded with Prince and performed with him as a featured guest on tour and during several televison appearances, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and on Prince’s 20Ten European tour. While Yonnet enjoys the excitement of performing with some of the world’s greatest music legends, he knows that it’s the technical mastery of his instrument — along with innovative collaborations and solo projects — that will earn him recognition as one of the greatest harmonica players in the world. Enjoy “greatness” at the Fifth Annual Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala.


The Stanley Clarke Band S

imply put. Stanley Clarke is an our-time Grammy Award winning, recording artist, performer, composer, conductor, arranger, producer, a composer for recordings and film, as well as one of the most celebrated acoustic and electric bass players in the world. He will show that at his JLF performance. Back from Norway, it is even safe to say Clarke’s performance at the JLFA Gala will be one of those memorable music experiences. Bar none! To say that Clarke is a virtuoso is a modest over simplification. If he and his music are one they are more. Stanley Clarke made his professional debut at 15-years old, when he was invited by saxophonist Byard Lancaster to join him for a week of shows at the landmark Showboat Lounge, where many of the greats like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Stan Getz and others would play and record, according to his professional bio, (which should be required reading by any aspiring musician). The gig, for which Stanley and drummer Darryl Brown were paid about $75, was an experience that sparked the flame of inspiration that would propel the nascent ambitions of the young bassist like a rocket. With the arrival of the British Invasion bands, and his Roxborough High School years, the electric bass, a Kent electric bass purchased for around $50, found its way into Stanley’s hands and so did opportunities to play parties and shows with many bands across the City of Brotherly Love. Upon leaving the Philadelphia Musical Academy (now part of the University of the Arts), Stanley made his way to New York City where he very quickly landed opportunities to work with such greats as Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Pharaoh Saunders, Gil Evans and Stan Getz. He would also find himself playing again with Chick Corea. The two had met when Chick came to Philadelphia to sit in for a keyboard player

in a band in which Stanley was playing. Almost immediately, the two recognized something in the talents of the other that night that would form the basis of their musical friendship and the creation of the groundbreaking jazz-rock fusion unit, Return to Forever. RTF became one of the seminal bands of the fusion era, it included Lenny White on drums, Billy Connor, and later, Al Di Meola on guitar. The musical personas, compositional skills and virtuosity of each player elevated the band and informed its enormous success and popularity. The group would tour the world many times over, achieving the kind of devoted following once reserved exclusively for rock bands. Stanley has some 70 film and television

credits to his name and scored such blockbuster films as Boyz ‘N the Hood, What’s Love Got To Do With It, The Transporter, Romeo Must Die, Passenger 57, Poetic Justice, Best Man Holiday and The Five Heartbeats among others. He also scored the Michael Jackson music video Remember the Time, directed by John Singleton. Clarke has been nominated for three Emmys and won a BMI Award for Boyz ‘N the Hood. In 2014 he accepted an invitation to become a member of the exclusive Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In 2011, he also received the prestigious Miles Davis Award for his body of work.


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ome voices are hard, practically impossible to mimic or emulate. El DeBarge has one of those voices. He is the epitome of croon. A native of Detroit, MI, El was the sixth of ten children born to the late Robert Louis DeBarge, Sr. and Etterlene (née Abney) DeBarge. DeBarge sang in his church choir and played piano as a child. After his family moved to Grand Rapids, MI, he and the rest of his family began performing at their uncle’s Pentecostal church. Growing up, he was closest to his eldest brother Bobby and began imitating his brother’s vocal styling. For several years, El spent time in private study with music educator Ricky Callier. By 1975, El had begun to express a desire to become a performer. By 1979, Bernd Lichters was able to secure a deal with Source Records/MCA to release the Pall Mall Groove – Hot Ice album as SMASH for the USA/Canada market and moved El from Michigan to Los Angeles, to have him, his brothers Mark and Randy DeBarge, in addition to their cousin Andre Abney, Elliot Townsend, and Stanley Hood, to back up the release as the SMASH band. His eldest sister Bunny joined her brothers in California as well. In 1980, because of the success of their brothers Bobby and Tommy DeBarge with the hit group Switch, El was able to perform live at the piano and sing in front of Motown CEO Berry Gordy, who immediately signed the group, then known as The DeBarges, to the label. Motown mentored them, and members later worked with and contributed songwriting, arrangements, and production to the recordings of Switch, including the 1980 albums This Is My Dream and Reaching for Tomorrow. El’s first professional recording was as background vocalist to Switch’s 1979 hit “I Call Your Name”. He later helped to arrange music for several Switch songs including “Love Over and Over Again” and “My Friend

in the Sky,” which he, Bunny, and Bobby wrote. This song would later be sampled by the likes of Queen Pen and Raheem DeVaughn. DeBarge was featured on the Quincy Jones single “The Secret Garden”, alongside Al B. Sure!, James Ingram, and Barry White, released in 1990. In 1992, DeBarge released his third album, the Maurice White-produced In The Storm, which featured the Chante Moore duet “You Know What I Like”, which was Moore’s first professional recording. Critics noted the album for its Marvin Gaye-styled productions. El DeBarge later admitted that Gaye was a huge influence on his musical style and once commented that he had initially written “All This Love” as a song he imagined Gaye doing; he even imitated Gaye’s ad-libs during his I Want You era near the end. That same year, El had chart success on the R&B charts with a collaboration with Fourplay on their version of Gaye’s “After the Dance”. DeBarge’s next album, 1994’s Heart, Mind

and Soul, co-produced with Babyface, yielded modest charted singles such as “Slide” and “Where is My Love” (which featured Babyface on duet vocals). While DeBarge continued to collaborate on other artists’ projects, including those of his brother Chico and rapper DJ Quik (with whom El collaborated on Quik’s hit “Hand in Hand”), he didn’t release any more albums between 1994 and 2009. In 2010, he finally emerged from a 16year delay with the appropriately titled Second Chance, released after a series of comeback performances and appearances, including a well-received performance at the 2010 BET Awards. The album yielded two singles, “Second Chance” and the Faith Evans duet “Lay With You”, and later resulted in three Grammy Award nominations: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song,[1] and Best R&B Album.[2] El remains the only member of the DeBarges to have Grammy nominations both outside of the group and in the family.


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mooth. Still smooth. That’s what it sounds like when Will Downing is singing. Smooth. Still Smooth. Will is another artist whom Jazz Legacy Foundation supports have suggested he return to celebrate its fifth annual fundraising gala. He has been deemed the Prince of Sophisticated Soul. However, one may argue that he is now the King of Sophisticated Soul. He is a courageous and inspiring man. Will Downing is a survivor and his faith has given him the fortitude to prevail both musically and personally. In early 2007, he contracted the rare muscular and autoimmune disease, Polymyositis, which sidelined him for most of the year. It is a devastating and debilitating condition, which landed Downing in a wheelchair and caused him to lose nearly 100 pounds. Despite the setback, he was determined to complete his debut album for Peak Records, After Tonight. He had already recorded four songs prior to his illness. Incredibly, during the Spring of 2007, he worked from his home, putting down vocals despite severe weakness and fatigue. Truly a labor of love and a music therapy of sorts, pouring his heart and soul into the project the fruits of his labor inspired five wonderful songs, including the gem, “God Is So Amazing,” a simple, melodic testimony of unshakeable faith during truly difficult times. Will shares, “Polymyositis changed my life in every way - both mentally and physically. Like a lot of men that I know, I was afraid to go to the doctor. By the time I finally did, I ended up being hospitalized for three months. After coming home I caught a pneumonia and had to go back to the hospital where I remained for two more months.” During this time Downing came to several realizations. “When you’re laying in bed, you have plenty of time to reflect on life. It taught

me to slow down and enjoy it,” said Downing. “I also learned that nothing is forever. As much as I love music it’s not my everything. Music played a huge part in my recovery but it’s not everything. The bond with family and real friends were strengthened. I always say it was the best and worst thing to ever happen to me.” In June 2009, a fully recovered Will Downing returned with a creative vengeance with Classique, teaming up with longtime collaborator Rex Rideout to rediscover their studio magic. Indirectly, the release made the emphatic statement that Will Downing was back! This was further cemented in 2010 when Downing unveiled the audio-novel recording, Lust, Love and Lies, which detailed a romantic relationship going through various stages, mixing spoken language and humorous interludes with a potent collection of original songs (and one cover). During 2011 and 2012, Downing released a series of limited edition EPs to feed his enthusiastic fan base a constant flow of great new music. 2013 saw the release of Silver, which marked the extraordinary singer’s amazing 25-year anniversary in the music business. The album, an incredible musical milestone, included the instant wedding classic “The Blessing.” In recent years SoulTracks Reader’s Choice Awards has honored Downing with numerous awards: 2012-Song of the Year (“The Blessing), 2013-Song of the Year (“You Were Meant Just For Me” featuring Avery Sunshine) and 2014-Male Artist of the Year. In 2014, Downing released his album Euphoria which showcased a slightly stripped down “acoustic-lounge” production approach and included a fresh and unique take on the Teddy Pendergrass bedroom classic, “Turn Off The Lights.” Chocolate Drops followed next and once again united Downing with kindred musical spirit Chris “Big Dog” Davis. The album featured a

dazzling collection of originals coupled with some daring and captivating R&B classic interpretations. “I believe God spared me for a reason,” says Will Downing, who has made it his mission to lend his time, name and presence to the awareness and fundraising efforts of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). As a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Downing has made the role of mentoring a priority in his musical endeavors. He is frequently mentoring aspiring singers and musicians through invitations to join him at sound checks, performances, backstage or workshops. A graduate of the arts High School Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn, Downing who went on to study music at Virginia Union University and Brooklyn College, credits much of his success to the mentors who supported him along the way. “I love mentoring. If someone didn’t mentor me, I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in,” shares the singer. “Since they cut funds for the arts in Public schools, a lot of young people are left to find their own way and sometimes you need point them in the right direction. The Internet and social media can give folks a false sense of where they are in regards to talent. I enjoy being able to be hands on.” Will continues to give back to the community and actively seek opportunities to lend his time, name or presence to the awareness and fundraising efforts of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and other charities and even donated a portion of the sales proceeds from his last release to MDA after a social media driven appeal for support for the organization that helped him with his own battle with Polymyositis. As a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Downing seeks to expand an effort to personally mentor aspiring singers and musicians through invitations to join him at sound checks and backstage on performance dates.


Keiko Matsui By John Bush All Music

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our music genre and aesthetics says much about you. Keyboard and piano artist Keiko Matsui has immersed herself in styles referred to as Jazz, New Age, Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Latin Jazz Smooth Jazz, World Fusion, Contemporary Instrumental Jazz, Instrument Jazz-Pop Piano, Jazz Fusion. Whew! Fusion/new age keyboard player Keiko Matsui grew up in Tokyo and took her first piano lesson at the age of five. Influenced by Stevie Wonder and Rachmaninov as well as early fusion masters Maurice Jarre and Chick Corea, Matsui began composing while in junior high but studied children’s culture at the Japan Women’s University (Nihon Joshidaigaku). She moved to the Yamaha Music Foundation in Tokyo after graduation and formed Cosmos, recording four albums with the new age group. Her first album as a leader, 1987’s A Drop of Water, was released in the U.S. two years after the fact on Passport. The LP also featured her touring partner and husband, shakuhachi player Kazu Matsui, and was financed with their honeymoon money. A contract with MCA that year resulted in two albums, No Borders and Under Northern Lights. Matsui moved to the White Cat label in 1992 and began charting in the contemporary jazz charts. Her 1995 album Sapphire hit number one on the charts, and its follow-up also reached the Top Ten the following year. Whisper from the Mirror followed in 2000; Deep Blue appeared the next year. The Ring from 2002 recalled the composer’s classical background, while 2004’s Wildflower flirted with world music. Walls of Akendora appeared in 2005 with a smooth jazz flavor and updated version of Matsui’s early hit, “Mountain Shakedown.” Moyo, an album that placed Matsui’s piano in an orchestral setting, followed in 2007 on the Shout!

Factory imprint. After a world tour and numerous festival appearances, Matsui took some time off, eventually returning with The Road in 2011 on Shanachie. She produced most of the disc herself -- and received help on some cuts from Richard Bona, Craig Burbridge, and Joe Chicarelli. The nine-tune set showcased Matsui’s playing in a variety of settings from trio to octet.

Some of her musical guests included Bona, Kirk Whalum, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Jackiem Joyner. That same year she collaborated with Bob James on Altair & Vega on eOne, which featured both pianists simultaneously sharing a single piano. A little editorial comment is needed here. And it is simply, “Whoa! Imagine that set.


Artist Frank Rehm Contributes “Play it Forward” to Jazz Legacy Foundation Fifth Gala Annual for Auction

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t first glance you know. You’ve heard the song the musician is playing with the funky, southern down home funk you have to live to to play. You’ve seen the subtle hues, distorted by the the spotlight and the myriad kaleidoscope of jells for the groovy mood that bellows out of the smoke-filled darkness, accentuated by the notes traveling on the rhythms of this night. Those esoteric images are what’s conveyed in artist Frank Rehm’s “The Saxophone Player.” What Rehm was capable of capturing in the oil painting he’s donated for this year’s gala is mood, with a jazz veneer. He has this uni-vision, filmlike quality he applies to some of his oil paintings. Rendering an image that’s more washed than stroked. The sax player, the focal point, appears to float off the canvas with on the notes he’s playing. His creative application of media seemingly boundless in a disciplined outline. A native of Greenville, NC, Rehm is the father of a daughter. He said it was his close relationship with her that inspires him to help children. This is his third year attending the gala. “I love kids.I love music, and to think what the world would be like without music, I just couldn’t stand it.” A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Rehm spent 20 years as a military as a graphic artist at various global locations including Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA.


The Q & A

Alvin E. Keels, Sr., President and CEO, Jazz Legacy Foundation, Inc. By Joyce Hall Shambley, Correspondent JLF Souvenir Magazine Music makes me feel good and I especially love jazz and love ballads. I’ve attended many jazz events like the Capitol Jazz Festival in Maryland, the Hampton Jazz Festival in Hampton Virginia, and a wonderful jazz festival in Johannesburg South Africa. My love for jazz increased in 2013 when my friend Deborah Jackson McHenry, who is an avid jazz lover, called me from California and told me about the Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala concerts in our hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. She told me I would be in for a treat with the artists’ lineup. We attended the gala. Our reunion and the concerts were absolutely wonderful! Now in 2017, I’m excited about attending the Jazz Legacy Foundation Fifth Anniversary Gala and concerts November 9 – 12, 2017 in Hampton Virginia. However, I’m more excited about the opportunity to interview Mr. Alvin Keels, Sr.

The Q & A On October 20, 2017 I introduced myself and told Mr. Keels why I wanted to interview him. I told him I wasn’t a professional writer, but I was honored at the opportunity to interview him because his love of jazz and his dedicated community service are truly noteworthy. I told him I wouldn’t take too much of his time because I knew he’s extremely busy finalizing plans for the upcoming gala and concerts, and that I was excited about attending the concerts. He smiled with a laugh and thanked me for my support. Hall-Shambley: You’re a wellrespected, focused, compassionate, and successful businessman, so other than being a celebrity in your own right, tell me, who is Alvin Keels, Sr.? Keels: “That’s such a broad question. I’m a father of two boys, I have six grand kids, I’m a ex-athlete who was very competitive in my days of athleticism. I have a compassion for people in general. I like to help and make people better. I have

Saxophonist Everette Harp, Smooth Jazz impresario Alvin Keels and Grammy award winner, Norman Brown at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk. (Photo by Glen Mason)

a passion for life, as we know it. I enjoy life and enjoy making life better for others. I’m an avid music lover, as well as a sports person. Hall-Shambley: How did you get started with your Foundation? Keels: It started out as a need, and observing the schools’ arts and music programs being reduced or eliminated because of budget cuts or politics. Being a music lover of live music, I noticed a lot of students couldn’t even think music because they didn’t know how to read music. We’re in a time where music is being created electronically and I’m finding that people who usually participate in that can’t create their own music because they just don’t have the background. We want to keep live music in place and continue to create music (not program it). So the Foundation was formed because of the need to promote music education. My background of giving concerts created an avenue for me to raise funds for our mission which was music education, and about five years ago we decided to form this Foundation which is a non-profit a 501(3c)

organization so we could do our part and try to keep music, especially jazz alive, and the best way to do that is through music education. You have to have that to pursue music professionally and keep music alive. You don’t want to go into a situation where everything is electronic because that’s not really true music. As the programs were being eliminated or reduced we did what we thought was needed to keep jazz and music in our schools alive, and the Foundation was formed. Hall-Shambley: Who was the first person to support or partner with you? Keels: The initial effort was basically a solo project. The first person that stepped up to bring it to fruition was one of the people who came to our first concert, and we became friends through that. Her name is Jerilyn Horne. She’s our Executive Director. Through our friendship her interest grew in the genre of smooth jazz, and in the process she became interested in helping our cause. She is a very talented lady and she has a lot of talent working with her behind the scenes. We’ve been


doing this together. We established a board of directors, brought in some other volunteers, some very influential people, and some professionals who brought their expertise to the organization. But Jerilyn was the first person to partner with me as far as organizing the Foundation is concerned. Hall-Shambley: It was easy to sense his appreciation and admiration for Ms. Horne, and I told him how helpful she was at helping me get concert tickets to sit with my girlfriends who had already bought their tickets. You’re celebrating your 5th Anniversary and that’s a remarkable achievement. What made you think you would be successful with your Foundation five years ago and what were some of your struggles? Keels: I wasn’t really thinking of success as much as mapping out a plan to raise money. I got the courage to just do it and that’s how it happened. I do have a talent in music, as far as producing and presenting musical entertainment. I want to create great experiences for people who want to participate, which eventually turned into fundraising for music education. I have acquired business skills being an entrepreneur for the last 32 years in the insurance business, which involves a lot of sales, promotion and organization. These are skills that help me. I always think positive, and when you do things right it brings success. One thing I knew. I was giving great concerts before the Foundation out of love of bringing great music to the burgeoning 757 area. I traveled all over the world to experience different jazz concerts and I said, why don’t I bring some of this music to the 757. I started doing concerts in relations to that. My motivation to establish the Foundation was the need to promote music education in the public schools, and to further the legacy of an original American art form. Hall-Shambley: Your love for jazz, especially smooth jazz, is commendable and you have the best Grammy Award winning and chart topping jazz artists for your concerts. How do you book them for your concerts? Keels: Traveling to different music concerts, I got to know a lot of artists. We developed close friendships with a

few artists and musicians. I’d called to see if they would perform, and they said yes. That’s how I got started. From that point, relationships and connections in the industry opened up avenues for me. My friendship with different artists helped communication with other entertainers. Hall-Shambley: Are there any artists you want that you haven’t had the opportunity to book yet? Keels: Yes, I would like to have George Benson, and Trombone Shorty. I also looked at Kenny G, Chris Botti, and a few others, but for some reason I’m unable to book them. Hall-Shambley: In reading your 2016 Gala program booklet, I read some of your artists go to the schools to talk with the kids about music. When you see the kids’ interaction with the artists how do you feel? Keels: It warms my heart to see artists take time to work with the kids because that’s the purpose, music education. Out of their meetings some kids will come to the forefront and become great artists themselves some day. The artists liked working with the kids and the kids are very appreciative. Dr. (Walter) Beasley was so impressed he joined our organization. He’s given several workshops, he given donations, and he teaches music education. It’s a lot of hard work, year-long, to get ready for you and your friends, and smooth jazz fans to come see us for four or five days. I get satisfaction from the workshops, enthusiasm and appreciation (of smooth jazz fans and supporters. The 98% appreciation we receive back, like yours, is our reward for all the hard work. Of course you can’t satisfy everybody; you get that one or two percent of people you just can’t satisfy for one reason or another. Hall-Shambley: You have one of the best program booklets I’ve read. The layout, bios, interviews, and pictures are awesome. Who produces that for you? Keels: The program booklet is top of the line and very unique. I thank your good friend Glen Mason who’s behind publishing the souvenir magazine. We don’t want to call it a program booklet anymore. It’s a souvenir magazine and Glen and Troy Cooper are responsible for that, and I want to make sure that’s noted. Hall-Shambley: What are your future plans, and do you have any plans to expand outside the Hampton Roads area?

Keels: I get that question all the time. First, I’ll never say never or no. I’m going to take it slow. People asked me to come to Northern Virginia, North Carolina and other locations to do what we do here, but I want to get a firm footing here before we expand. I live in the area and I want to support the school system. Right now, people come from all over the world to our concerts here. We are a ‘destination’ event because of what the region’s amenities, its burgeoning art scene. If we go to other areas, I don’t know if there’ll be a need for people to come back to this area to support us. Hall-Shambley: Mr. Keels I’ll make sure Glen keeps me informed of all of your concerts. I heard you may take you’re the gala back to Norfolk, is that true? Keels: Yes, I’m going back home to have my gala at the Hilton Main Hotel on Main Street in downtown Norfolk and the tentative dates are October 18 – 21, 2018 because of the availability. After that, I’ll go back to having the gala in November. We love Hampton and we have a strong following from the Richmond area. However, having it at the Hampton Convention Center is very expensive so moving it back to Norfolk is a cost cutting move to save money because the gala is a fundraiser. Hall-Shambley: Mr. Keels thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to allow me to interview you. I really enjoyed it and do you have any other comments you would like to share? Keels: I appreciate your time and energy and you doing the interview. Glen told me he shared my background of sports love of music, and putting on the concerts with you, and I appreciate that. He helped you and our supporters get to know me a little better. I’m all about helping kids and being a role model to kids who grew up like me with no father, living in the projects. It’s a lot of things you can do to make things better for kids so they don’t fall into the incarceration system. I raised two great sons and my biggest goal is to inspire kids to be somebody. On my headstone I don’t want it to talk about how much money I made, the size of my house, or the clothes I wore. Instead, I want it to say I made an impact while I was here.


Regina Bell Artist Biography by Ron Wynn

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egina Belle emerged as a prolific, consistently engaging vocalist on the urban contemporary scene. Born in New Jersey, Belle’s early experience was in gospel, though she was also attracted to R&B during her childhood. She studied trombone, tuba, and steel drums, and at 12 won a school contest singing the Emotions’ “Don’t Ask My Neighbors.” Belle sang in a New Jersey vocal group, and studied opera and jazz in college. New York disc jockey Vaughn Harper introduced her to the Manhattans, and she began working as their opening act. Belle recorded a duet with them, “Where Did We Go Wrong,” that was produced by Bobby Womack in 1986. She earned a solo Columbia contract in 1987, and the single “Please Be Mine” earned both praise and a number two R&B hit. A follow-up single, “So Many Tears,” also made the R&B Top 20, and the hit “Without You,” pairing her with Peabo Bryson, was the only memorable thing about the film Leonard, Part 6. Her second LP, Stay with Me, secured her success, and she went on to earn more acclaim. Releasing Passion in 1993, she returned five years later with Believe in Me, which was followed by 2001’s This Is Regina! and 2004’s Lazy Afternoon. Belle returned to her gospel roots for 2008’s Love Forever Shines, and had just begun a career shift to gospel when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2009. She underwent difficult and lengthy treatment, but recovered her health and released a second gospel album, Higher, in 2012. In 2015, Belle returned with her tenth studio album, The Day Life Began. Produced by Jamie Jones and Jack Kugell, aka the Heavy Weights, the album included the spotlight tracks “He’s Alright,” “You Saw the Good in Me,” and “Be Careful Out There.”


Jeffrey Osborne

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orn in Providence, Rhode Island, Jeffrey Osborne was the youngest of 12 children and was surrounded by music as he was growing up. He had five brothers and six sisters, some of whom went on to have music careers. His father, Clarence “Legs” Osborne, was a popular trumpeter who sat in with the likes of Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington and turned down many top band offers during his career to be with his family, he passed away when Jeffrey was only 13. At the age of 15, Jeffrey sat in with the O’Jays when the drummer was unable to perform to their standards, and went on to play with them for two weeks. That was all the inspiration Osborne needed to pursue a musical career. It was at another Providence nightclub that fate brought him together with the band Love Men Ltd. It was only after receiving his mother’s encouragement that Jeffrey left for Los Angeles to play with Love Men Ltd. who later changed

their name to L.T.D.Osborne was originally brought on as the drummer and eventually became the lead vocalist.  After more than ten years with the band, he decided to pursue a solo career, which produced such Top 40 hits as “ Really Don’t Need No Light”, Don’t You Get So Mad”, “Stay With Me Tonight”, “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)” and a duet with Dionne Warwick, “Love Power.” Osborne’s solo career has brought him four Grammy nominations,  five gold and platinum albums, including his debut self entitled album “ Jeffrey Osborne”, “Stay with Me Tonight” and “Only Human”. He scored an international hit with “On the Wings of Love” in 1982. After his six albums released on A&M during the ‘80s, he moved to Arista for Only Human (1990), then switched to a series of independent labels. His releases during the 2000s included “ That’s for Sure” (2000) and “Music Is Life” (2003), as well as cover albums “ From the Soul

“(2005) and “A Time for Love” (2013). His latest project entitled “Worth It All” is being released in January 2018 on Mack Avenue Records. This project was written and produced by Jeffrey Osborne, with the exception of one song entitled “ Work It” which was co-written with his son Jeffrey Osborne Jr. who also performed on the track with him. This project, inspired by the late great George Duke has taken Osborne back to his deep R&B roots.  Currently Jeffrey Osborne is actively performing and touring around the world. In 2012 Osborne founded The Jeffrey Osborne Foundation and the Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic. The primary mission is to benefit non-profit organizations who support a continued push for music and arts to children and their families, as well as those who provide a safe haven for families in need. In the past six years through his Celebrity Golf Tournament the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation has donated over $750,000 to various charities in Rhode Island.


JAZZ IN PINK

(Featuring KAREN BRIGGS & JAZMIN GHENT)

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ith their intelligence, leadership and courage, three of NASA’s finest were respectfully depicted in the Academy Award nominated film “Hidden Figures.” Warner Brother’s theatrical tour de force and action hit “Wonder Woman” was the first action film directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins. It is the Year of the Women. The Jazz Legacy Foundation Grand Finale celebrates the thematic Year of the Women by bringing to Hampton Roads JAZZ IN PINK Pretty in Pink’s website states it better than anyone getting in touch with their feminine, may we defer to their press which says it’s the best. JAZZ IN PINK is an all-star female ensemble of musical women in jazz that projects talent, beauty, power and femininity as they embrace the stage! Our mission is to promote women in jazz, by providing live performance opportunities showcasing each other’s music. We endeavor to provide educational opportunities and mentorship to upcoming rising stars.

Karen Briggs

Her playing is strong and indicative of her exposure to Jazz, Gospel, Latin, Classical, African and mid-eastern music styles. All are combined with a unique melismatic, ‘vocal-like’ soul, thus giving her a rare and distinguishable signature of sound. She has been sought after to record or appear in a wide variety of musical

situations ranging from Gospel (Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin & Yolanda Adams) to Symphony (The Virginia Symphony) to jazz (Vertu Stanley Clarke & Lenny White, Mike Phillips) to Hip Hop (Wu Tang Clan, Hidden Beach: Unwrapped Volumes I - IV). Another noteworthy fact is that Karen is the first violinist to win Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater! Described as that lady in red, her fiery performances in the

multi-platinum selling, Yanni: Live at the Acropolis PBS special has been seen and remembered by literally millions of people around the world. In between touring, sessions and live guest appearances, Karen is has completed a long awaited solo CD release, Soulchestral Groove (August 2009) which features her in her own light and is available exclusively at her live performances!


Jazmin Ghent

Jazmin’s start was aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2014 where she opened for the Sirius XM Hall of Fame Ceremony hosted by Marcus Miller. Her smooth and soulful rendition of “Summertime” was recorded and can be viewed by clicking on the link below. Jazmin is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education/Jazz studies and a graduate of Tennessee State University with a Master’s Degree in Music Education. Jazmin’s debut cd, “Boss”, was successful in 2015 with her chart topping singles, “Compared to What” and “Boss” The CD was #32 according to Smooth Jazz Global radio’s top 50 Smooth Jazz CDs for 2015. Compared to What gained national recognition and was #5 on Smooth Jazz Charts. It received over 320 spins per week including airplay on Sirius XM radio as well as Music Choice, Pandora and Spotify. Jazmin has since released her sophomore album, Chocolate Sunshine which features gifted musicians like Johnathan Fritzen, Julian Vaughn, Nelson Rangell, and Adam Hawley. She has performed at Low Country Jazz Festival, Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend, Rehoboth Jazz Festival, Magic City Jazz Festival, and Seabreeze Jazz Festival. She has played with artists such as Kim Waters,Steve Cole,JEff Kashiwa, Peter White, Euge Groove, Mindi Abair, Althea Rene, Paul Taylor, Kirk Whalum, Nick Colione, Ben Tankard, Norman Brown, Warren Hill, Joey Sommerville,Gail Johnson, Cindy Bradley, Lin Rountree,Gerald Veasley, Brian Simpson, Kim Scott,Julian Vaughn, Bobby Jones, Jazz in Pink and country artist, Keith Urban.

Gail Johnson

Gail Denise Johnson, born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, began piano lessons in elementary school at age 10. Proving to be a gifted student she advanced quickly and at age 14, played her first gigs on the organ with numerous local Funk and R&B bands. By the time she was 18, her musical pursuit led her to enroll into Berklee College of Music where she received a B.A. in Composition. Returning home, as a jazz pianist, Gail performed with several jazz bands, and other popular Philadelphia artists. She left Germantown in 1985, with her keyboard strapp​ed on and landed an audition with Morris Day (of The TIME). She eventually moved to Los Angeles to make her dream career come true! By 2004, Keep The Music Playing, Gail Johnson’s highly acclaimed debut contemporary jazz CD on her own (Philly The Kid Records), brought her into the international recording spotlight. Led by the hit singles “Heaven” and “Just For Kicks” the CD received strong support from the music industry. Gail stays quite busy as the music director, keyboardist and vocalist for smooth jazz super star guitarist and vocalist Norman Brown (See story, he headlined the JLF gala Friday night). In 2005, the nations highly successful and much anticipated Norman Brown’s Summer Storm Tour was launched with special guest Peabo Bryson, Everett Harp & Brenda Russell. Major success followed with the 2006 Summer Storm 2 Tour with special guest Patti Austin, Alex Bugnon and Paul Taylor!! In addition to putting the finishing touches on her follow-up CD, Gail is currently working on the music for 2010 Summer Storm Tour.


Marcus Anderson & Friends Featuring ALTHEA RENE and JEANETTE HARRIS

From His New Website Marcus recently became a key contributor to CeeLo Green’s tour band, traveling internationally with the Love Train Tour. Marcus is no stranger to notoriety touring often with his own band both as a recording artist and performer. Marcus’ eight albums to date include his three produced in the past two years. The “Marcus Anderson Xperience… M.A.X. Live in Concert” is a limited edition CD celebrating Marcus’s tenth anniversary performing and recording as a solo act. The CD, AND Coffee, is an ode to and for coffee lovers, celebrating the launch of Marcus’s recent coffee brand of the same name www.ANDproducts.net. The single, “A Cup of Joe,” received the highest honors as #1 on Billboard Smooth Jazz and #1 on SirusXM Radio Watercolors. Recently, Marcus released, My Inspiration, his first solo inspirational CD. Marcus has played with several headliners during guest appearances on well-noted shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Arsenio Hall Show, Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show. He is a veteran and audience favorite at such notable festivals as the Essence Music Festival, Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, and more. Marcus has a strong international presence and his 2015 MAX Tour – London performances were received by rave reviews. The package Marcus brings on stage, with his showmanship and sheer jubilance, electrifies audiences everywhere. In a note, Marcus has taken his traditional smooth jazz roots and infused his music with R&B, Pop, Rock, Latin and funky grooves. Marcus studied with Branford Marsalis, Dr. Ira Wiggins and Gospel saxophonist Donald Hayes for several years. He achieved many accolades along the way, including a North Carolina Gospel Announcers’ Prestige Award for Gospel Jazz Artist of the Year, thus displaying his musical diversity. He has performed for President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Jesse Jackson, amongst other dignitaries. He has also toured with Judith Hill, Sheila E, Liv Warfield and Anthony Hamilton. As a solo artist, Marcus has been honored to open for and join on stage artists such as Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Brian Culbertson, Esperanza Spaulding, Peter White, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, George Duke, Wynton Marsalis, Alex Bugnon, Nnenna Freelon, Jeff Lorber, Bob Baldwin, Jennifer Holiday and The Sax Pack.


Althea Rene

This unparalleled artist, born December 25 in Detroit, Michigan, began her musical career at age four as a classical flautist. The rich talent of her father, Dezie McCullers, Sr. who performed with many Motown stars, helped to influence her. After years under the direction of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Clement Baron, she focused her attention to jazz and popular music. She studied classical music while attending Howard University in Washington D.C. and later she gained further musical inspiration from the accomplishments of Yusef Lateef and Donald Byrd.  She has since developed her own creative style. In June of 1997, Ms. René began touring with the allfemale, internationally acclaimed, jazz band Straight Ahead”.  She has since left the group in pursuit of her solo career.  With two solo projects to her credit, her third project In the Moment was released February 2006 and is burning up both the R&R Indicator chart and the Smoothjazz chart.  The project ranked in the top 50 of both the SmoothJazz chart and the R&R chart for more than 16 weeks.  In the Moment is an assortment of urban contemporary tunes with an R&B twist.  Althea Rene has worked more than 10 years as a Wayne County Deputy Sheriff (Detroit, Michigan).  Today, Ms. René is a full-time performing artist and is regarded among musicians and enthusiasts as one of the nations most exciting solo improvisational flautists.

Jeanette Harris

Jeanette Harris is the scintillating saxtress of smooth jazz. This lady understands that energetic and captivating performances matched with uplifting and inspiring vibrations in the music are the solid platinum recipe for success. Fans already recognize her for her wonderful cover of Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do,” which hit Billboard’s smooth jazz singles chart from her previous album, Saxified. Classically trained in both sax and piano, a graduate of Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music, and the saxophonist for the late, great Teena Marie’s final year of touring, Jeanette has weathered the fiercest challenges to bring the world her own brand of soulful healing vibes. That baptism awaits in her fourth CD, Summer Rain, on which Jeanette had a hand in writing all of the selections except her lovely cover of the Luther Vandross classic “Here and Now.” Its 11 sunny songs wrap the listener in the glow of fun love grooves and sweet romance. “The music of Summer Rain is all about a positive vibe,” Jeanette states. “It’s about staying in love…never falling out of love, feeling good, being faithful and always following a positive route. Great things have happened for me in the last year. I’ve learned what’s really important in life – my family and my music.”


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uickly becoming a recognized name in contemporary jazz, is multitalented guitarist, writer, producer, performer, David P Stevens. Having shared the stage with the likes of Gerald Albright, Nick Colionne, Najee, Alex Bugnon, Frank McComb, Jeff Kashiwa, Gerald Veasley, Brian Simpson, James Lloyd, and several more, at festivals such as Berks Jazz fest, Rehoboth Jazz fest, Queen City Summer fest, Capitol Jazz Cruise, Lake Arbor Jazz festival and more, David is solidifying his place as that funky dynamic guitarist, with a sound of his own, at the top of the game! At the age of 12, David became enamored with the guitar after watching one of his heroes play the instrument. David quickly began playing in church, eventually picking up several other instruments, including bass, drums, keys and vocals. At 14, David began playing professionally for local bands, choirs and artists all over Philadelphia. Influenced by George Duke, George Benson, Norman Brown and Paul Jackson Jr., David began writing, recording and producing as well, spending every dime saved, to bring artists

into the studio to record. Fresh Tracks studios, in Philadelphia PA, would be the birthplace of David’s genre bending, eclectic blend of contemporary jazz music. Known for his electrifying, highenergy performances, we now find David P Stevens touring the world, showcasing original songs from his 5 explosive jazz albums. Each album features a set of top musicians and artists in the genre, and have each catapulted David further with every spin. David’s newest offering, “Love City” was released July 9th, 2016, and is being hailed by many as David’s

best work to date. This album features Najee, Lin Rountree, Pamela Williams, Jackiem Joyner, Frank McComb, Selina Albright, Vandell Andrew and more! You can expect the same dynamic genre bending that David has become infamous for, but also a new, polished and focused direction that comes with season and maturity. The song “Night Life” from the album, which features Jackiem Joyner, is currently on radio and climbing the charts weekly. The world is beginning to take note of the hard work and steady building David has been doing over time.


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Entertain with Jazz Legacy Brunch Menu By Glen Mason NORFOLK – One thing jazz impresario Alvin Keels and his trusted sidekick EveryDay chef and culinary correspondent Glen Mason is known for is combining great jazz with good food. In a manner of speaking their team-up is a small part of the backdrop of the JLF’s origin story. With the fifth Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala Weekend a few weeks away, we thought it would be a good idea to come up with a Jazz Legacy Brunch menu if you happen to be entertaining a few friends or out of town guests. Or, your local jazz crew. The idea came to Alvin and I as we were discussing feature stories for the souvenir magazine while we were picking up Gerald Albright from the airport for a gig in Virginia Beach, VA. Greetings, salutations and small talk somehow segued to food as it always does when the three of us get together. If I’m cooking it then these two cats are always ready to taste it. “How is your wife’s food blog coming along?” I asked. “Glynis is doing great. She has taken her blog to a whole new level. She just came out with a waffle and seafood breading mix!” exclaimed Albright. “I’m just getting in with my wife from making waffles at this supper club in L-A . . . Spaghettini’s. “Spaghattini’s a big jazz place in LA,” Keels exclaimed. “I’ve eaten there.” “We went there for my wife to launch her waffle mix and coating mix,” said Albright, finally relaxing after catching the red-eye from Los Angeles’s LAX to Baltimore’s BWI then to Norfolk’s ORF for a surprise performance. “It is probably THE jazz place, now, in LA. We went there for the launch then spent a week in Palos Verdes, CA then back to LA for that show,” said Albright. “That’s sounds like a whirlwind travel schedule. How did your wife come up with a waffle mix? That’s huge, tell her I want to write for her blog! I want some of that mix!” I said to Albright. “It’s a long story, man. Well . . . the short story of it is she’s famous for her waffles. It started out as her making chicken and waffles just for company that

we had over, or whenever people would fly in to perform. Both in LA, when we lived there, and now where we live in Denver. They love her waffles so much, man, that they would call ahead and say ‘hey I’m in town can we come over and get some chicken and waffles?’ said Albright, chuckling with us at the thought. “From that it turned into we need to market this thing! And so, you know, she went to a chemist who did the patent ingredients, and showed her how to get through the registration processes of her mixes and stuff. “So, now that that’s done, we just received our first full shipment like just a few days ago,” said Albright, the excitement and pride creeping into his voice. “Glynis is, initially, going to sell them on her web site www dot Albright cuisine. com (www.albrightcuisine.com). Then, hopefully, that will blast us into developing accounts at different businesses and stuff. Spaghettini’JAZZs already wants to use her coating mix for their chicken,” he added. “So she’s excited and I’m excited for her, and I went out to LA to support her on that. The launch was star studded, man,” said Albright, both hub led and amazed by the turnout.. “We had Martin Lawrence, Jeffrey Osborne (who is appearing at the gala on Sunday), Jonathan Butler, Kenny Latimore, Dave Whitfield, the baseball player, Pat Prescott, air personality on 94.7 the WAVE; just a bunch of folks. Omarian, who is like our play nephew, we call him Omari. The place was packed. It was like 450 people in there. It was a nice launch, Glen, and hopefully we can get some exposure out of it. And, hopefully, from that we’ll get some real good support and business out of it. The branding was next. “We call it Glynis’ Waffle Mix and Glynis’ Coating mix. I’m so excited for her. She’s been wanting to do this for a long time so its come to fruition. She’s moving forward.” As friends do, we wanted to check on the family. Albright son is probably playing golf in high school or college. So I

asked him where was his daughter Selina, straying the away from the launch and food for a minute. “Well, she’s celebrating her cd “Conversation” she released in March. That’s charting well. She’s been touring with me and folks she calls her uncles. Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler, Rick Braun,” he chortled. In an effort to broaden their brand and, perhaps, secure themselves financially as the business model for the multi-million recording industry goes the way of the dodo, and streaming removes the middle man, some jazz artists are broadening their brand to the larger consumer market with music fans as their base. Stardom and name recognition helps. Many performers already have an international audience for their music, and touring presents creative promotional opportunities if they are marketing a product. One could easily create a Jazz Legacy Foundation or Champagne Nights Brunch with products from performers have appeared or are appearing at the gala. Picture a bulb lighting up over my head. Consider this. First, Marcus Johnson came out with his Flo wines. (Glen, I’ve got to pay for that Master Degree in Business he confided in me several years ago after receiving his post-graduate degree). Then about a year ago, Marcus Anderson introduced his coffee line to Hampton Roads jazz aficionados at before a performance at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, VA. And then, around early October Gerald Albright’s wife, Glynis, launched her Albright waffle and coating mixes at Spaghattini’s in LosAngeles. Sounds like the makings of a brunch menu to me. Enter Virginian-Pilot Every Day Chefs and gourmands Al Martin and myself, a quick call to friend and internationally acclaimed celebrity chef and author Ashbell McElveen of the James Hemings Foundation, and we’ve come up with a Jazz Legacy Brunch menu to entertain your out of town guests this weekend or any other time. Said brunch would begin with a variety


of coffees from Marcus Anderson. The darker beans makes for a perfect cafe au lait. We’d set up a coffee bar with water, cranberry and orange offer several of Anderson’s coffees from his AND Coffee line of products. Cappuccino Strut. Jamaica Me Wanna and Hazelnut. His other flavors: Cup of Joe, Passion Blend, and Morning Inspiration, Morning Joe, if not all of them, to fit your Jazz Legacy’s Brunch’s atmosphere. In my culinary world view, chicken and waffles are passé, so since Glynis Albright built her reputation around her recently launched waffle mix, I’m going to go with Daniel Pringle’s Texas Boy mesquite smoked beef brisket and waffles. Might even tell him throw in a Texas beef link or two. To complete the brunch menu may I suggest Al Martin’s smothered shrimp and grits; my crab imperial and backfin crab muffins (see recipe below); three-cheese spinach quiche and Chef McElveen’s pickled oysters (looking forward to preparing this with some fresh Rappahannock oysters); Seven-Up cheese biscuits would fair nicely opposite the waffles (with an autumn fruit compote made with maple syrup on the side) and Alvin’s really delicious baked beans. The beans may be the only thing Alvin cooks but they’re really fantastic. Marcus Johnson’s Flo Red and Flo Chardonnay pairs well with the menu and would work well as palate cleaners. Johnson’s Flo Moscato would work as a refreshing post brunch dessert wine. There is nothing like a mid-morning crab cake delivery to get this thing going. Albright, a foodie himself, and I often talked about his wife’s cooking blog whenever we get together, and how he enjoys the benefits of it when he isn’t on the road. What was supposed to be an article to discuss his participation in the upcoming Jazz Legacy Foundation’s fifth annual gala, along with his years of collaborating with, and supporting his friend Alvin Keels may have turned into a entertaining opportunity. It was jazz and food that brought us together. So our buddy Alvin thought the story would be quite appropriate since he has enjoyed both my and Martin’s culinary adventures along withGerald’s sax playing as background music. Here is one of my brunch recipes for Jazz Legacy fans and supporters. Mrs. Albright, I humbly beseech you to try them because I want to write for your blog! Be an east coast culinary correspondent, as it were. If Albright’s wife and business partner publishes this feature on her blog I’ll rename my entree Albright Crabmeat Muffins. If she doesn’t, I’ll eat crow and crown them Jazz Legacy Brunch Crab Canapés.

Champagne Nights Brunch Crab Muffins (Serves 6—8) One pound hand picked, back fin BLUE crab meat Half cup of mayonnaise Half cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese Two eggs Three tables spoon Dijon mustard Extra Virgin Olive oil Smoked Spanish Paprika After coating cupcake/muffin tin

in olive oil, lightly sprinkle Paprika to coat bottom and sides. Place crab meat in muffin cup to fill it mid-way. on top of first layer of crab place a layer of the smoked gouda. Top with more crabmeat. The a final sprinkle of the shredded cheese. Do not apply any pressure to mixture once it is in cup. Pre-heat oven to 425. After cooking ingredients for 5 minutes cut oven temperature back to 375 for 15 minutes remove crab muffins from pan for plating or serving. Garnish with Paprika and fresh chives.


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