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Toys for Jazz @ Christmas

I will be kicking off the holiday season at Murphy's Place Saturday, December 5th, 2009 from 9:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.  Bring a wrapped child's toy and get a stamped card for free admission on your next visit to Murphy's…

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DeGage' Jazz Club

I worked at the club for the first time last night (Friday) w/Glenn Tucker (p), Jordan Schug (b), and Jerry Powell (d).  The room was packed, and we had a great time interacting with the customers.  the guys were on…

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FIRST TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT NEW LUCAS COUNTY ARENA

I was asked to sing the national anthem October 16, 2009 to kick off the Walleye festivies weekend.  This was great, and I remembered the words (smile).  I stood on the red carpet on the ice and sang to a…

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Art Tatum 100th Birthday Celebration at Main Library

Last night the the Art Tatum Resource Center Advisory Boar, the Tatum Society, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library hosted a 100th celebration for the jazz legend.  It was great!  We had a very good turnout, and people seemed to…

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Art Tatum 100th BD Celebrations

10-10-09 Toledo Lucas County Public Library 7 pm - 11 pm.  Special guest Johnny O'neal. 

10-11-09 Owens Community College, Stanley Cowell sponsored by African American Legacy Project.  Also early morning program at Grace Presbyterian Church

10-25-09 TMA Peristyle - McCoy…

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Grand Opening of Lucas County Arena

The grand opening weekend of the new Lucas County Area October 3 & 4 2009 featured four or five bands - my group, C. J. Manning & Company, East River Drive and a couple others.  However, I was the first…

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Women Blessing Women Concert @ Collingwood Arts Center

Be sure to check out this concert on Sunday, September 27 @ 3 p.m. at the CAC. Artists appearing are singers Theresa Harris, Laurie Swyer & Mary Dick (Blue Moon), poet Ophelia Thompson, saxophonist Katrina Barnhill and many others. Proceeds…

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Firefly Club

So sorry that the Firefly Club is closed. We hope this is only a temporary setback and Susan Chastain and the cats will soon be back hard at play. Good luck!

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Baker's Keyboard Lounge

Read in the free press last week that John Colbert, co-owner of Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit is having trouble. He says he only has enough money to keep going for a couple of months. It would be a shame…

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Rouge Bistro Closes

So sorry to hear that one of my favorite venues has closed. Jake, you and the staff were a class act. Hope you rebound.

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Trip to DC for Obama Historical Moments

What can I say? It was fabulous! We drove, stayed at a hotel in Woodbridge Virginia (never got caught in traffic backups), met great people, rode the train, appeared in audience shots on MSNBC Monday night before the big event…