Special to the Daily World
The Jazz of the City brings the passionate and persistent resolve of astonishing jazz, soul and funk musician Lonnie Liston Smith along with keyboardists Brian Jackson and Mark Adams to Atlanta for one night of soul-soothing vibrations and melodic and harmonic interplay. The concert will be Saturday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. at Variety Playhouse. The benefit concert is also the CD release celebration for drummer and composer JFly and includes special performances from the debut album “Hypnotic” by JFly and the Fly Trap.
A Soulful Night of Keys, is a powered performance of engaging and tranquil compositions featuring three premiere jazz musicians who will bring a wide range of musical selections. Playing jazz alongside such luminaries as Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders and Art Blakely, the keyboard delivery of Lonnie Liston Smith consists of multidimensional fusion, overflowing dynamics and relaxed tempo that is ideal for an evening of artistic mastery discovery. Ranging from the enticing gusto of the composition “Gotta Play” by Brian Jackson and the lush stylings of “Quiet Moments” by Lonnie Liston Smith, A Soulful Night of Keys promises to be an evening of spectacular rhythms and artistic expressions. The highlight of the evening is a special performance by Norman Connors.
Opening the concert will be a collection of hard-hitting click patterns, mesmerizing measures of movement and bright compositions by inventive drummer JFly who uses his contagious charisma and extraordinary versatility to arrange timeless tunes. Adding to the evening grandeur will be the debut of “Hypnotic,” a rich range of masterful percussion prose by JFly.
The concert will raise funds and awareness for Jazz 91.9 WCLK, a nonprofit radio station, emphasizing the importance of public radio and the role community broadcasting plays in supporting musical, cultural as well as educational values.
General admission for the concert is $27.50 advance, $32.50 the day of the show. Sponsorship and VIP packages with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and an artist meet and greet are available. For ticket details and additional information, contact Ray Cobb, underwriting and sales, WCLK at 404-880-8017 or firstname.lastname@example.org .