No better environment exists for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women's Mecca Chapter to hold their annual fundraiser. "Nine Naughty Nights of Jazz," held July 28 through August 5, is a peripheral event to this year's National Black Arts Festival. "We wanted to bring attention back to this legendary place where so many of our top African-American musicians and vocalists shared their crafts with us," says Jae Delsarte, the Mecca Chapter's chair of the arts. No doubt, the music will be the perfect way to end a day of viewing the richly diverse art exhibits featured during the NBAF.
The intimate, 200-seat La Carousel Lounge has that classy, heyday-of-Harlem ambiance, sure to inspire and ignite the host of jazz, R&B, Latin and gospel talent slat- ed to perform. The solid lineup includes Atlanta's own Swing Association, featuring pianist Gary Motley and guitarist Jacques Lesure; Life Force, fronted by local saxophonists Joe Jennings and Howard Nicholson; Delores Majors, guitarist of the Rhapsody Chic Quartet; Cliff Lee & Friends, straight-ahead jazz from Brooklyn, N.Y.; gospel stylist and former Gladys Knight "Pip," Langston George; Atlanta R&B vocalist, Joi; plus others.
Ticket donations for "Nine Naughty Nights of Jazz" are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, with shows nightly, at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Mecca Chapter's Little Ladies of Mecca, an elementary and middle school youth mentoring program.
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