The Quad Cities has been blessed with some great music the past couple of months.
Tenor saxophonist, Javon Jackson, with the help of a local rhythm section, conducted 30 workshops at schools and colleges as part of an Artists in Residency for the Quad City Arts January 26 - February 7, 2004.
On February 4, trombonist Conrad Herwig brought his "The Latin Side of Miles" group, featuring trumpeter Brian Lynch, baritone saxophonist Mario Rivera and pianist Edsel Gomez to Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois for a clinic and concert.
On February 7, Augustana College music teacher and drummer, Jim Drier brought bassist Anthony Cox from Minneapolis and pianist Reggie Thomas from St. Louis for a trio gig at the Augustana College band room before an audience of ten.
Dolores Westbrook Tingle
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society sponsored a one week residency for East Moline's Westbrook Singers to conduct gospel music workshops at ten schools February 9 - 14. The Westbrook Singers are an outstanding gospel choir, featuring lead singer Dolores Westbrook Tingle who sings in five octaves and has perfect pitch!
The MVBS also featured another artists in residency March 1 - 5 consisting of the Alabama Blues Project with guest artist blues man Willie King.
On March 20, Jazz vocalist Semenya McCord performed a tribute to Billie Holiday which included a narrator telling about the life of Lady Day between every song.
article and photos by Jimmie Jones
Jazz Now Interactive April 2004 Vol 13 No. 11 - Table of Contents
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