West Palm Beach Center for Arts & Technology’s Virtual Evening of Jazz
The West Palm Beach Center for Arts and Technology (WestPalmCAT) will host a complimentary virtual evening of jazz concert on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. This highly anticipated performance will showcase an exciting mix of prerecorded live music by several of the greatest talents in South Florida with some favorite recordings from the vast MCG Jazz archives out of Pittsburgh.
Co-Chair of the event and WestPalmCAT board member, Darryl Bey, has assembled a diverse mixture of local, regional, national, and international Jazz artists to perform in the nonprofit’s Virtual Jazz Concert event. These artists include: Vocalist Nicole Henry, Christian Tamburr, Selwyn Birchwood, the Susan Merritt / Bill Mays Trio, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the BCAT Kids, and J.R. Apollon and the Spirit & Soul Jazz Band, featuring Carl Vickers on Saxophone.
“The artists represented at the virtual concert will perform straight-ahead, big band, Latin, smooth, traditional jazz and of course, the blues,” stated Darryl Bey, adding the words by the great alto saxophonist, Julian (Cannonball) Adderley – “You cannot present jazz without presenting the blues, as blues is the mother of jazz.” “We are excited to bring this virtual concert to the community, as jazz has a way of bringing people and cultures together.”
Nicole Henry, an award-winning jazz singer, and resident of West Palm Beach will serve as the evening’s MC, in addition to performing several songs in the virtual concert.
Also woven into the mix will be remarks by Bill Strickland, founder of the Manchester Bidwell Center for Pittsburgh, the model for the WestPalmCAT, as well as a video clip featuring the transformative work of the WestPalmCAT. This promises to be an unforgettable evening, as we celebrate the future of this new Center in the heart of the Historic Northwest District of West Palm Beach.
Bruce Lewis and Darryl Bey are co-chairs of this complimentary virtual event brought to you by the WestPalmCAT along with the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
Sponsors to date include: Cooper Construction, Elizabeth and David Wetherell (Presenting Sponsors), FPL, Comcast, Stellar Marketing & Business Solutions, SunFest, The Ben Hotel, The Palm Beaches, and the CRA.
To register for the free event, visit wpbcat.org/evening-of-jazz/. For sponsorship opportunities email PJ Layng at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561.632.8122.