Our January 22 session featured:
(Willie Silas, Sherrill Holly, Bernard Holly, Dowel Taylor, and Bernard Jones)
Live from the "Jazz Spot" the January edition of the Fusion Coffeehouse Jazz Series featured an amazing group of Jackson's finest veteran jazz musicians .They call themselves simply "The Musicians." In addition to performing jazz classics they spoke with host Raphael Semmes about their decades of playing music they love and shared many of their experiences doing so. And there are many!
Hear drummer Willie Silas recall the early days when many of the greats played "across the river" from town and the friendships he developed with them. And brothers Sherrill Holly (saxophone) and Bernard Holly (bass) shared experiences playing together both early on as part of a musical family and later as seasoned professionals. And get insights from keyboardist Dowel Taylor about his time as director of the mighty Jackson State University "Sonic Boom" marching band, as well as jazz on campus. Guitarist Bernard Jones discussed his days with iconic Jackson bands of the 70's including "Let's Eat" and "These Days" and his jazz guitar influences.
Recap of our 2016 Festival:
We had a record turnout on another picture-perfect weather day (further proof to us that God loves jazz)! It was truly a wonderful moment when Breeze Cayolle performed "What a Wonderful World." And, to our pleasant surprise, it turned out that two of our other headliners Mike Burton (Atlanta) and Bernard Harris (Nashville) are well aquainted with each other – which led to them teaming up on stage for an impromptu jam session that had the crowd on their feet. And of course our local favorites the Vamps and Southern Komfort brought the soul and the funk, respectively.
We've posted a few photos from the event over at the festival web site. Check them out at TownshipJazzFestival.com
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