Watch this video to learn more about St. James Food Pantry and its food delivery program.

The Jazzin’ to Feed Celebration is one of the highlights of spring in the Bronzeville neighborhood. This event showcases the rich Jazz Heritage of the Bronzeville community by hosting some of the best Jazz talents in Chicago. Artists who have previously performed include Joanne Collaso, John Moulder, Ari Brown, Maggie Brown, Frieda Lee, Chris Greene, Gros Ngolle Pokosi and Angel D’ Cuba. 

Proceeds benefit the St. James Food Pantry.

Venue: De La Salle Institute
3434 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

Date: SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2020

The theme for this year’s event is Louisiana

VIP Reception: 5 PM – 7 PM

Main Event: 7 PM – 10 PM

Admission ticket includes buffet, all you can drink beer, wine, and soda, and entertainment. See the TICKET tab to purchase tickets and for additional information.

Dave Samber
Darrell Windle




From a small Chicago basement apartment, Tuba Dave found inspiration to form his own project. In 2004, Mama Digdown’s Brass Band performed at Chicago’s renowned Green Mill while on a cross country tour. A friend recommended for Tuba Dave to visit the Green Mill to take in a Mama Digdown’s performance, Tuba Dave recalls. The visit inspired Tuba Dave to pursue New Orleans style brass band music for his new project.

While visiting Donna’s Bar and Grill — a since-closed stomping ground for Mama Digdown’s in New Orleans — Tuba Dave scraped out a piece of paper embedded into the wall of the establishment. The paper revealed valuable instructions on forming a brass band. Tuba Dave recalls one of the requirements on that list: Keep your brass band working. Tuba Dave took each entry seriously, and he implements them into the Four Star Brass Band.

Bell of Tuba Dave’s tuba

Although the group can change size, depending on the gig, and band members, who are loved like brothers, have come and gone over the years, because life happens. None the less, Tuba Dave continuously books the Four Star Brass Band for any and all types of gigs: brass band events; Chicago rock clubs like the Regie’s and Martyrs’; The City’s many street festivals; crawfish boils; fund-raisers.

Tuba Dave pours his heart into his music at every gig. Word of mouth continues to fuel the grassroots success of the Four Star Brass Band, and they’re the chosen band of the Chicago chapter of Who Dat Nation, a local fan club of New Orleans Saints.

Singing on stage

There ain’t no party like a Four Star party. From second-lines and club/festival stages to weddings and crawfish boils, the Four Star Brass Band continues bringin’ the Louisiana sizzle to you all night.

Singing in the Second Line

“It’s about the Fans!”, acknowledges Tuba Dave. Come fuel the excitement as the Four Star Brass Band stands as the hottest and hardest hittin’ Brass Band of its generation.

Learn more about Tuba Dave. For example, Tuba Dave did return that piece of paper he found embedded into the wall of Donna’s Bar and Grill. Moreover, Tuba Dave’s newest project is the up and coming More Tuba Please.

VIP: 5 PM – 7 PM


Nikita Nichelle offers the perfect trio: A Smooth Voice with Real Lyrics over Captivating Beats! She is a Chicago-native soul singer and songwriter inspired by the consciousness of Lauryn Hill and India Arie and the melodic genius of Lalah Hathaway, Jill Scott and Anita Baker. She has been featured with incredible bands, such as Kinetic Theory, Frankie Parker & The Gentlemen, Ric Rhoadz & Genre Free, and Class Act Entertainment at venues like Redwood Luxe, Dream Palace Banquet Hall, Refuge Live, and Red Star to name a few. Her captivating vocals, playful precision and creative energy will keep you wanting to hear more.  

Her passion for music was discovered at the tender age of 2 when she recorded her first “cover song”, One Hundred Ways (Quincy Jones & James Ingram), with her father accompanying on acoustic guitar. Nikita Nichelle got her singing chops in the church, which is where she learned the art of connecting to the hearts and souls of her listeners. She honed her craft by studying music from high school through college. She sharpened her edge by obtaining a law degree and becoming licensed to practice law. 

Nikita Nichelle debuted her first single, Warriors, which has aired on WSRB 106.3 FM and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and CD Baby.  

Nikita Nichelle is something like a line from the movie “Brown Sugar”: she is “the perfect voice over a tight beat”!


Please join the Five Ways to Make an Impact Campaign to help St. James Food Pantry raise much needed funds. Your support will make it possible for the pantry to continue providing food to the less fortunate. Please go to GIVELIVELY to join the campaign by making a donation, or click on “I want to fundraise for this” to set up a page you can share with family and friends. Below are the five ways to make an impact.

1. Give Breakfast: Fuel to start the Day.

2. Offer Lunch: Sandwiches to sustain people experiencing homelessness. 

3. Give a child food to grow: Milk, eggs and cheese. Building stronger bodies. 

4. Empower Pantry Clients: Allow pantry clients to make life sustaining changes through nutrition education.

5. Care for the Elderly and Disbabled: Bring hope and love to the doors of seniors and people with disabilies.

Your involvement is critical to our effort in supporting the less fortunate in our community. Thank you again for your help.


Provided by Polo Inn and Chef Dave Samber.


For over 35 years now, Chef Dave Samber continues to create 
“something different . . . something wonderful”
for thousands of folks. Whether with his beautiful cookies and candy trays adorned by a signature hand-tied bows, scrumptious brunches, lunches and dinners, or lavish buffets and catered productions in some of Chicago’s great spaces. Touching so many lives and providing precious memories for loyal customers and guests.

Chef Dave Samber served over 500,000 Garlic Mozzarella Cheese Breads and some two million Baked Crab Cake Nuggets and introduced dozens of dishes during his 21 years at The Taste of Chicago. 

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