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, 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 4, 2019

The theme for this year’s event is AFRICA

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.

Bishop Joseph N. Perry: Auxiliary Bishop Archdiocese of Chicago Vicar for Vicariate VI
Tom & Linda Rinella: Saint James Social Care Board Committee Members and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parishioners


Gros Ngolle Pokossi

Electric bass player and bandleader, Gros Ngolle Pokossi, is a Cameroonian musician who has been playing professionally and touring globally for over forty years. His group, Gros Pokossi & Band, fuses Jazz originals and standards with African grooves such as Mangabeu, Soukous, and Makossa, creating a sumptuously rhythmic and virtuosic sound. 

Gros specializes in jazz, funk, and African music. His diverse abilities have allowed him to work with classical musicians like Claude Chalhoub, Hip Hop and pop musicians Nneka, Ayo, and Y’akoto, and Al Anderson from the original Bob Marley and the Wailers. He has played and toured with Roland Shannon Jackson, James Carter, Jef Lee Johnson, and Trilok Gurtu. He has lived in France and Germany, is a graduate from Los Angeles College of Music, and now resides in Chicago with his wife and newborn son.

7 PM – 10 PM

Check out the video below to learn more about Gros Ngolle Pokossi and his band:


Vandercook College of Music

VanderCook College of Music Jazz Combo will perform for the VIP reception.

5 PM – 7 PM


Food will be provided by Polo Inn and Chef Dave Samber.


  • North African Lamb Loin Chops Harissa Rubbed
  • West African Shrimp
  • Moroccan Couscous Salad
  • Tanzanian Pilau Rice
  • West African Vegetable Stew
  • Egyptian Hummus
  • Warm Pita Wedges


  • Kenyan Kuku Paka (Chicken in Coconut Curry)
  • Namibian Kapana (Street Food/Grilled Steak)
  • Pasta w/Tuna fish, Corn and Tomatoes
  • South African Potato & Mushroom Bake
  • West African Jollof (Rice)
  • Traditional Senegalese Soup
  • Nigerian Fried Plantains/Dodo
  • African Malva Pudding
  • South African Peppermint Crisp

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