Archive for May 27, 2011

Ron Otis & Friends w/ special guest, Grammy Award Winner EARL KLUGH. Also joining is RONNIE LAWS, Brian O’Neal, Perry Hughes, Al Turner & Romel Alexander. Partial proceeds to benefit Community Social Services & DO FOUNDATION. May 27, 2011 — Showtime 7pm Hope United Methodist Church 26275 Northwestern Hwy Southfield, MI 48276 Phone: 248.356.1020

Go for tickets here.

Ken Ford grew up in a home filled with the diverse sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B. Born on November 14, 1968 in St. Louis, Missouri, Ken lived in Detroit, Michigan with his Parents, before making their permanent home in Atlanta, Georgia. From The Jackson Five and Earth, Wind & Fire concerts to his father’s DJ gigs, Ken was immersed in music. Ken’s parents recognized a special gift in their only child one night when they overheard him at a party, playing along with an Al Green song note for note on a toy keyboard – long before his first music lesson!

From that point on, they kept an instrument in his hands and eventually led him to the stringed instruments, and at the impressionable age of nine, he settled on the violin. Throughout school, Ken trained classically to play the violin, which led him to becoming a founding member of the DeKalb Youth Pop’s Orchestra. He would also train himself how to play by ear by mocking the popular music heard on He continues to draw a diverse group of music lovers to his performances and leaves his fans in awe as they find themselves jumping out of their seats and moving to the funky, unique sounds of the electric violin.

Ken’s efforts pay him in many dividends. He now enjoys a solid and accomplished career, playing along side some of contemporary jazz, soul and R&B greats such as Ledisi, Wayman Tisdale, Wyclef Jean, and Lalah Hathaway. The list goes on and on, and it continues to grow as audiences across the nation are introduced to this electrifying instrumentalist. With three successful CDs under his belt, his first release Burnt Toast, his sophomore release Chevelle Lane, and his third release Right Now, Ken continues to top the charts.


The Naperville Jazz Festival will take place at the Naperville Community Concert Center located in Central Park in downtown Naperville,

June 18, 2011.

Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. and we’ll present live jazz from 4 to 10 p.m.

For our 2011 Naperville Jazz Festival sponsored by Calamos Investments, we are pleased to present:

4pm Lisle High School Jazz Combo

5pm Shawn Maxwell Quarter

6pm Agnieszka Iwanska

7pm Reginald T. McCants Quartet

8:30pm Sypro Gyra

Rick O’Dell, Program Director and Midday Personality at WLFM – 87.7FM Chicago’s exclusive Smooth Jazz station, will emcee the event.

Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. and the evening’s performances will begin at 5:00 p.m. Presale tickets are priced at $25. At the day of the event, ticket prices are $30.

Proceeds from the Naperville Jazz Festival go to benefit Project H.E.L.P.

Directions to the Naperville Jazz Festival

The Jazz Festival will take place at the Naperville Community Concert Center located at 104 E. Benton Avenue.

Naperville Community Concert Center, 104 E Benton Ave, Naperville, Illinois 60540