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Watch this video to learn more about St. James Food Pantry and the new farm at St. James.

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, OCTOBER 15, 2022

The theme for this year’s event is JAMAICA

VIP Reception: 5 PM – 7 PM

Main Event: 7 PM – 10 PM

LIMITED ATTENDANCE. ONLY TABLES ARE BEING SOLD THIS YEAR. NO ADMISSION AT THE DOOR. ADMISSION WILL BE CLOSED ONCE ALL TABLES ARE SOLD. There are 10 large tables for eight and 25 small tables for four.

Admission includes food, all you can drink beer, wine, and soda, and entertainment. See the TICKET tab to purchase a table or raffle tickets and for additional information.

HONOREES:
Liz Bowman
Ed & Karen Caspers

ENTERTAINMENT

MAIN EVENT: 7 PM – 10 PM

HURRICANE REGGAE BAND

Based in the Chicagoland area, The Hurricane Reggae Band has made it their mission to bring positive Caribbean vibes to the ‘city of the big shoulders’ playing real ‘roots rock reggae’ with a modern twist. The band is led by bassist and lead vocalist Cleve ‘Hurricane’ Jean Jacques who has performed worldwide alongside acts such as calypso legend Mighty Sparrow, Ziggy Marley, Shaggy, Luciano, Arrow, Morgan Heritage and Steel Pulse. Originally hailing from the island of Dominica, Hurricane is now Chicago-based, where he enjoys playing the role of elder-statesman and musical ambassador.

The central hub of the band stays true to the traditional reggae pocket, creating an infectious pulse that guarantees to fill dance floors. Where The Hurricane Reggae Band ventures into uncharted territory is at the top end – with the ever-steady drumming of Kevan Watson(Drifter’s Review, Fortunes), and opting for fusion guitar in lieu of the customary blues approach. For this they call on Tommy Mitchell(Fortunes), who often attracts a crowd of his own with his boundary pushing melodic adventures. With this unique arrangement of elements, The Hurricane Reggae Band turns heads and gets bodies moving, drawing ever-growing crowds hungry to soak up those warm island vibrations.

VIP: 5 PM – 7 PM

LYNN HILTON

As a Composer, Arranger, Vocalist, Instrumentalist, Music Director, and Educator Ms. Hilton continues to expand her proven track record of professionalism, creativity and charisma. This modern-day Renaissance woman is one of the most sought-after musicians in the industry. Ms. Hilton energizes her audiences with charismatic and exciting performances, both nationally and internationally.  According to Russia’s St. Petersburg Times: “Lynn Hilton captivates the most demanding audiences with her innovative style and wit.”

Beginning her musical journey as a teenager, Ms. Hilton was appointed musical director for the KUUMBA repertory theater in her native Chicago. She represented the U.S.A. in the International Festival of Song and Voice competition in San Juan Puerto Rico where she was awarded Best Arrangement and Best New Composer honors. Ms. Hilton continues to work on behalf of American Theatrical companies by serving as musical director for several theatrical productions. She continues her hallmark of excellence as composer of several theatrical scores, including Kasimu and the Coconut Palm (Runako Jahi), and Thunderstorm (Shongodina Ifatunji).

Continuously working the live jazz scene, Ms. Hilton is one of the most sought-after performers on stage and in the studio with her versatile repertoire that includes Jazz, Blues, Latin, Gospel, and today’s contemporary music. She has shared her unique performances with fans in many countries in Asia, the Caribbean, Middle East, South America, Africa, and Europe. Her unique keyboard and extraordinary vocal stylings have resulted in her affiliation with a variety of luminaries including Stevie Wonder, Morgana King, Jonathon Butler, Marion Meadows, Hugh Masekela, Steve Winwood, and Cyndi Lauper.

As a composer Ms. Hilton has written and arranged many national television and radio commercials often serving as composer, contractor, pianist, vocalist, voice-over announcer and was recently was commissioned to score a soon to be released independent film.

Currently Ms. Hilton teaches piano and voice privately both in-person and remotely.

DONATIONS

For many years St. James Food Pantry has been a beacon of hope for families and individuals living in near-by public housing and the elderly living in several of the Chicago Housing Authority Senior Buildings.

Today, St. James Food Pantry is on the front-line assisting struggling families and individuals who are impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. We have made adjustments in the way we serve our clients to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and clients through social distancing. Among our most vulnerable clients are home-bound seniors and homeless individuals. The demand for food has increased dramatically, especially, among the poor. St. James Food Pantry is actively working to meet this need; however, we need your help.

FOOD

Provided by Polo Inn and Chef Dave Samber.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT . . . SOMETHING WONDERFUL!”

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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