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The Jazz Brunch Fundraiser was sponsored by St. Paul United Methodist Church. It was held at Moody Memorial Methodist Church on Feb. 5th, 2011. Approximately 150 people attended. Ted Hanley, Executive Director of The Jesse Tree participated and here are his comments shortly after the event:


"While I am still UPLIFTED by the incredible performances that I was privileged to hear today, let me tell you that today’s Jazz Brunch was a spectacular event form beginning to end.  The posters and tickets were beautiful, the Fellowship Hall at moody Methodist was beautifully decorated, Mardi-Gras style with some beautiful ice sculptures and mirrors, beads plumes masks and foil umbrellas – awesome and very colorful – really set the stage for the event.  Enter to see the long, long buffet line with steam tables cranking up and smell the aroma of delicious breakfast foods cooking.  Keep going and see the coffee station, beautifully arranged and next to it a juice station with an extended buffet or fresh fruit and sweet rolls and coffee cakes. 


                The delightful Emcee, Pat Como Pervis, opened the program introducing Rev. Lewis Augustine who opened with a prayer.  She then introduced our very own Lenell York who absolutely Wowed the joint with her rendition of “Change the World” – awesome – truly awesome.  She was accompanied by pianist John Hernandez.


                Brunch was served, buffet-style – sliced ham, scrambled eggs, delicious baked grits and cheese with a touch of garlic – sausage balls and a croissant.  Everything looked as good as it tasted and it was simply delicious.  Coffee, juice, fresh fruit and pastries rounded out the feast and people visited, laughed and seemed to genuinely enjoy the atmosphere.  Nothing rushed, nothing running short – everything done just right. 


                Tables were cleared, the lights dimmed and The Jesse Tree video was shown on the big screen.  Perfect venue – not too loud and no glitches.  The, the Rev. Ralph Martin did a stand-up routine called “Saturday Humor” that loosened everyone up with some genuine laughs.  The Emcee then introduced the guest celebrity, vocalist, Henrietta Robinson and her accompanists, Marcia Frazier on the piano and Andrew Gordon on the Bass.  The musicians opened and Henrietta engaged the audience for the next hour with one spectacular selection after another, Cole Porter’s Night and Day, The A Train and a special rendition of Love Potion Number Nine that had everyone bopping along in their seats.  She engaged the audience as a friend and sang a couple of truly touching numbers – specifically saying that she has always felt that Jazz has a spiritual component and she touched it. 


                Needless to say, the audience was on its feet in no time at the finale and crowding around her, Red-Carpet style for photographs and autographs.  She is a star and they make star quality music.  There were no serious glitches at the box office – Dorethea will report back next week with totals.  The room seats 150 and there were very few empty seats.  A truly delightful, enjoyable and impressive event.  Hats off to David, Dorethea and all who contributed to its success.  Let’s do it again!" 


Click here to see the poster.

Click here to see Henrietta Robinson's bio.

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