Gloria Benjamin invited me and hubby Louie to the season opener of the North East Florida Jazz Association (NEFJA). You’ll get a feel of what Mrs. Benjamin does.
She participates in the recreational retiree programs at Palm Coast Community Center, and she’s completed the Palm Coast Citizens Academy while placing interest in First Church, the African American Cultural Society, and the NAACP. She has been part of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, and is a member of NEFJA.
You see why I couldn’t say no to Mrs. Benjamin or the style and song list, offering up NEFJA’s headliner of the Nat Adderley, Jr. Quartet. Master jazz pianist/composer Adderley will perform for NEFJA’s “Jeep” McCoy Scholarship Concert & Supper. Adderley is the namesake son of renowned composer/trumpeter/coronet player Nat Adderley and the nephew of jazz saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley.
Adderley Jr. blazed his own jazz trail to include pop and rhythm and blues. He tracks his best-known works to Luther Vandross, writing and arranging “Stop to Love,” “Wait for Love” and the Grammy-nominated “Give Me The Reason.”
He wrote “The Wave” for Kirk Whalum, arranged Natalie Cole’s 1987 hit recording, “When I Fall In Love,” among a variety of classics.
Adderley’s other trademarks include Aretha Franklin’s album, “Jump To It,” and Gloria Lynne’s album, “No Detour Ahead.”
Nov. 2 event
The North East Florida Jazz Association was founded by Muriel and the late “Jeep” McCoy in 1987. The association lends its voice for the perpetuation, performance, preservation and promotion of jazz. An annual scholarship is presented to students enrolled in jazz studies at a Florida college or university.
Adderley’s showcase gig goes down Nov. 2, 4 p.m., at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, 352 South Nova Road, Daytona Beach.
The members’ ticket price is $45 until Oct. 16, and thereafter, $50. Non-member tickets are $50, while concert-only tickets sell for $20. To purchase tickets, call Barbara Gomez at 386-437-1005, or Aimee’s Hallmark Shop, 386-445-0985.
Men’s Day at First Church
The public is invited to celebrate Men’s Day on Oct. 13, 10 a.m., which will take place at First Church, 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast. The Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover is the senior pastor.
The Rev. Dr. John F. Green of the Interdenominational Theological Center, the seventh president/dean of Turner Theological Seminary of Atlanta, will be the messenger for Men’s Day.
Dr. Green, a preacher/teacher/church-builder/administrator, holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. During his parish ministry, he served at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Tallahassee and primarily other churches in the Eleventh Episcopal District over a 24-year tenure. Dr. Green is a well-known teacher of pastors, an advocate of faith and for the lost and struggling in need of spiritual, physical and/or emotional healing.
“Standing Strong In Christ” is the Men’s Day theme and for a men’s forum emphasizing mentoring and communicating. It will be presented by the Men’s Ministry on Oct. 12, 9 a.m., and the public again is invited.
All inquiries may be directed to the church at 386-446-5759.
Clothing, food giveaway is Oct. 12
The Women’s Missionary Society of First Church has scheduled the clothing giveaway for Oct. 12, noon to 3 p.m., and the food giveaway, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.
For further details, call 386-446-5759.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.
Birthday wishes to: George Weaver, Bloneva Scott, Oct. 3; Vivian Richardson, Dr. Herman Price, Oct. 5; James Sims, Violet Gordon, Oct. 7; Clifford Josey, Oct. 8; Kilus White, Jr., Minnie Carnegie, Oct. 9.
Happy anniversary to Lawrence and Dr. Pamela Jackson Smith, Oct. 6.