April is Jazz Appreciation Month

Posted Online: April 07, 2010, 5:58 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and on April 18 you can celebrate the month and a chance encounter that brings singer Pamela Reese Smith to the Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Matinee & Workshop Series at the Redstone Room, 2nd and Main streets, Davenport.

The monthly jazz showcase begins with a 3 p.m. workshop for all ages, followed by a 6 p.m. concert, featuring Manuel Lopez III on piano, Spencer Zimmerman on bass, Jamie Hopkins on drums, Craig Bentley on guitar and Pancho Lopez on percussion.

Ms. Smith is a New York City native who has lived and performed in Rochester, N.Y., since 1977. She was the featured singer in the Tiny Fuller Band, which became the cover band for one of Harlem's more famous night clubs, Chick Morrison's Lounge. Mr. Morrison was a world-class drummer in his day, according to Polyrhythms.

"Music has always been a comfort for me and has grounded me," Ms. Smith said.

Ms. Smith, a community organizer with PathStone Corp. in Rochester, met Polyrhythms director Nate Lawrence last year at a National Community Reinvestment Coalition conference in Washington, D.C. "And we could not stop talking about music and the Third Sunday Jazz Series in Davenport," she said. "I was so excited to hear about it, and after showing him what I could do musically, I told him how much I would love to come and perform for the series."

Admission to the Polyrhythms workshop is free for kids, $5 for adults. Admission to the Redstone Room concert is $10, or $15 for reserved seating. For more information, call (309) 373-0790 or visit polyrhythms.org.


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