The Rev. Edwin Coffie’s pastoral anniversary featured an exciting gospel/jazz concert, backed by mainstream jazz artists positioned as the celebrated Allen & Allen.
Bruce V. Allen on keys and Allen T.D. Wiggins on sax emerged with the appeal of neophytes and afficionados at the pastor’s recent 20th anniversary for a first-ever groundbreaking gospel/jazz concert at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.
The duo’s collaborative cuts have earned the 1994 Stellar Award for Best Instrumental Performance, the 1995 Excellence Award for Album of the Year, and the 1995 Stellar Award nomination for Producers of the Year.
Allen & Allen are impassioned through their unique jazz style to deliver the Gospel.
Bruce Allen is a consecrated bishop, and recently, Allen Wiggins elevated from bishop to archbishop. They serve at the Hope Church of Orlando, the church where the saxophonist has been a member since childhood.
The dynamic duo met in college and pastored churches in different cities prior to reuniting in Orlando. They previously met resistance to jazz being offered as sacred music.
“The greatest problem was with churchfolks,” Archbishop Wiggins testified of their earlier pursuits.
“They had their bouts with certain purists believing their music was too ‘jazzy’ for church and too ‘churchy’ for jazz gatherings,” which was determined in their bio.
Another school of thought is that jazz will attract a wayward kind. However, that makes the gospel/jazz genre far more irresistible for ministering the Word.
Deacon Vice Chair Clay Simpson of Mt. Calvary subsequently affirmed, “I thought the performance was outstanding. I really did because many of us had not experienced that genre in a Baptist sanctuary.
He added, “I’m sure there was some concern as to how it would be received, and whether or not, it would be appropriate. All of those fears did not materialize…
“The musicians were all content on spreading the Gospel through music,” said the deacon. “I would imagine if this event were to be held a year from now, we would probably not be able to get people in there because it would be too crowded.”
God spoke to Bishop Bruce Allen’s heart, assessing that He could do more for him subsequent to the bishop’s stroke.
Bishop Allen testified, “I want you to know that God will see you through.”
And indeed, the congregation witnessed the Lord’s handiwork purposing Bishop Allen’s magnanimous talent to excel in the gospel/jazz themes with Archbishop Wiggins, and covering all the bases with their millennial team performing “A-Blazing Grace,” “Walk with Me,” “Free Spirit,” “Good Morning,” “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” and other sensations.
Horne to perform at Gospel/Jazz Cafe
Drickus Horne has made his fans’ wishes come true.
The vocalist will “show out” at the Gospel/Jazz Cafe in a Candlelight Dinner foreshadowing Valentine’s Day.
Horne’s has shared the stage with Isaac Hayes, Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, Stephanie Mills, Jennifer Holiday and others.
His repertoire livens up his audience with “Signed, Sealed and Delivered I’m Yours,” “Cruising Together,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “Here and Now,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” and more favorites.
He’s equally mellow on the ears for his tenor pitch in rendering “Comfort Ye My People” from Handel’s “Messiah.”
Horne is involved in the music ministry at First Church.
And, as a music and drama teacher, he’s worked with Linda Twine, the celebrated director of “The Color Purple” stage show.
His soulful expressions for the Gospel/Jazz Cafe will celebrate the theme, “Everlasting Love.”
That’s Feb. 9, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Gospel/Jazz Cafe and dinner, set for First Church, 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.
Tickets are $30 each and available by calling 386-446-5759.
AACS to offer jazz with breakfast
Expect a sensational Rob’s Jazz Express performance at the 16th Annual Jazz Breakfast, sponsored by the African American Cultural Society (AACS), 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast.
The group ensemble led by guitarist Robert Whiting will perform Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Breakfast will be served 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
A $20 ticket purchase will support the AACS center and its ongoing programs.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.aacspc.eventbrite.com.
For further details, contact chairman John Reid at 386-447-6098.
Youth Reality Show returns Feb. 18
Enjoy drama as outlined in the 15th Annual Youth Black History Reality Show, portraying the achievements of African-Americans.
Youth from churches and sororities will share song and dance calling upon such standouts as Dr. Maya Angelou, President Barack Obama, Shirley Chisholm, and others.
It’s Feb. 18, 4 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society (AACS), 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast.
A freewill offering will award scholarships to graduating high school students.
For further details, contact the AACS at 386-447-7030.
Read-In volunteers,donations needed
February calls for the African-American Read-In.
Volunteers are needed to read books to students in grades K-6, while aspiring to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.
Monetary donations are needed to supply 789 students with their own Black-authored books.
The event coincides with the National African-American Read-in, established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
The read-in will take place Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Belle Terre Elementary School, 5545 North Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast.
If you’d like to read or contribute a monetary donation toward the books, email Latoya Lockhart at email@example.com, or Priscilla Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.
Birthday wishes to Glenda Anderson, Randolph Greene, Feb. 8; Lillian Gaddis, Feb. 12; Frank Quarterman III, and Candace Price, Feb. 14.