Why a day of jazz is just what you need
By Jacqueline Tortorello Sun-Times Media July 24, 2014 8:44PM
Roy Turner | Supplied photo
Updated: August 26, 2014 6:47AM
Take time to listen. In fact, take all day.
That’s the vibe of the new South Suburban Jazz Society, formed by four musicians who want to make sure jazz maintains a place in today’s fast-paced, electronic society — and in the Southland.
“The sound itself connects your spirit right away,” said Bernard Scott, of Country Club Hills.
Earlier this year, Scott created the South Suburban Jazz Society with Roy “Doc T” Turner, Sidney “Silk” Donaldson and Dee Hudson, who will be among the performers at the group’s daylong Jazz Explosion Club Tour on Saturday.
The inaugural event runs from 2 to 11 p.m. and kicks off at Linger Martini Bar in Oak Forest, followed by stops at LaVue Bar & Grill in Chicago Heights, D’Las Sports Bar in Olympia Fields, and ending at Hidden Manna Cafe in Matteson. The performances will include live fusion, smooth and contemporary jazz.
“Instead of having miscellaneous events here and there, why not have an areawide jazz event?” Scott said.
The South Suburban Jazz Society also hopes to keep the genre going by attracting a younger audience through mentoring and scholarships.
“One of our goals as a jazz society is to have a competition among high school jazz bands,” Scott said. “We want to put them on the map.”
Here’s the complete rundown for Saturday:
The first stop is at Linger, 4142 W. 167th, for a performance from the Tony Cazeau Quartet from 2 to 5 p.m. Cazeau, a keyboardist, works alongside two guitarists and a drummer to create an upbeat tempo and soulful sound.
At 4 p.m. The Peter Lerner Quartet will showcase an authentic Chicago sound at LaVue, 707 S. Halsted. A fusion-jazz guitarist, Lerner distinguishes himself by creating a fresh sound fueled by variations of drums and bass.
Silk and Gray Matters will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. at D’Las, 200 Dixie Highway in Chicago Heights, IL. Sidney “Silk” Donaldson is known as a jazz pioneer with his expansive sound and contemporary skill.
To finish the night, Vernell Brown Jr. and Spectrum will perform at Hidden Manna, 3613 W. 216th. Accompanied by conga maestro Doc T, the group delivers an integration of swing, bebop and European jazz. The performance starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets to the Jazz Explosion Club Tour are $30, or $50 for a pair, and are available online at the-south-suburban-jazz-society.ticketleap.com.
Proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for high school music students.
For more information about the club tour or the jazz society, call 708-985-6278, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the group’s Facebook page at facebook.com/SSJazzS.