Chicago jazz stars ready to play for Local Hero Diane Ellis

It was just a little under a year ago that Chicago jazz musician Diane Ellis was performing a tribute concert for jazz organ legend Jimmy McGriff. As she began to play her instrument on stage something had all of a sudden gone wrong. She could not feel her fingers, there was no movement from her lips and she had instantly known something was very wrong. She was having a stroke and 911 was immediately called. That was one of the last memories she has of that night, right before passing out.

Diane was forced to go through immense rehabilitation and therapy that is still ongoing today. Currently the entire left side of her body is immobile as she is still under going therapy daily. The Chicago jazz community is coming together to help raise money for Diane. More than 30 musicians will be hosting a benefit concert on June 14th at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for Arts.

Diane was not just any normal jazz musician. Not only because of Ellis’ accomplishments on her horn but also due to her wide influence as teacher. From 1994 until her retirement in 2016, Ellis nurtured talented young players at Arthur Dixon Elementary School, on South St. Lawrence Avenue. None has been more prominent than trumpeter Marquis Hill, who won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition in 2014 and has been touring the world ever since. Please all my fellow Chicago jazz fans, come out and help support Diane for an excellent cause. All the information can be found below!

Benefit for Diane Ellis will begin at 7 p.m. June 14 at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.; tickets range from $50-$250; a reception, with food and drinks, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. June 14 in the Logan Center’s Performance Penthouse will be open to $250 ticket holders. For more information, visit or phone 773-702-2787.

Richmond Jazz Festival 2017 Lineup is Here

The eighth annual Richmond Jazz Fest announced its lineup of artists for this summer’s festival, Aug. 10-13, mostly in Maymont. There also are performances at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Hippodrome Theater and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

Among the highlights are soul and hip-hop queen Erykah Badu, rapper Common performing with the Richmond Symphony, TajMo (Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ bands), Pat Metheny, Bob James, Robert Cray, the Isley Brothers, Jazmine Sullivan

Early Bird pricing through July 6th: $75 single day admission /$140 weekend admission, not including fees Beginning July 7: $85 single day admission /$150 weekend admission, not including fees. Purchase your tickets HERE!

Jazz Benefit Concert


The renowned Mr. Teddy Adams & Quintet, featuring the extraordinary Ms. Huxsie Scott will perform a Jazz Benefit Concert on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at The Congregation Mickve Israel, 20 East Gordon Street, Savannah, GA 31401, 6:00 PM. Adult tickets are $35 and youth tickets are $10, They are now available for purchase at Congregation Mickve Israel, St. James Catholic Church, and Lester’s Florists payable with cash or check made out to The Martin de Porres Society. For additional information information, please contact Rabbi Haas at 912-233-1547, or Mrs. Gail Brown at 912-358-8887, All proceeds benefit the children who participate in the Camp Lighthouse Program.

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Sun, June 11, 2017

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT


Congregation Mickve Israel

20 East Gordon Street

Savannah, GA 31401


Jazz & Beyond Concert 2017

Go Jazz and Beyonddddd for PEBCC’s popular annual event! Hear selections from popular tunes and classic Jazz tunes at this spectacular Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir’s mid-year concert event. See and hear a cross-section of the Choirs, with performances from our more advanced choirs, Ecco & Ancora. Singers also perform several solos which will be sure to knock your socks off!

Conductors Eric Tuan and Robert Geary welcome you to a night of song and excitement at the beautiful and Historic Scotish Rite Center in Oakland!


Age 0-5 (FREE)
Students: Age 6-25 ($12 Pre-Sale/$15 At the Door)
General Admission: Age 26-64 ($18 Pre-Sale/$20 At the Door)
Seniors: Age 65+ ($12 Pre-Sale/$15 At the Door)
PEBCC Alumni: ($10 Pre-Sale & At the Door)

NOTE: Pre-sale tickets are available up until 24 hours before the concert, after that, tickets will be sold at the door

Colorado Springs Guitar Studio Student Concert

Students and instructors from the Colorado Springs Guitar Studio will be performing an evening of diverse music. Students from the music studio will be playing a wide range of musical genres, including rock, jazz, blues, pop, and solo classical guitar. An all-star band comprised of studio instructors and some of the top musicians in the region will be closing the show. For more information visit