Homecoming Jazz Sunday

The Ronnie Leigh Quartet and Donna Alford JaSSBand will perform at the upcoming Southwest Showcase Sundays event on July 8. The event subtitled "Homecoming Jazz Sunday" invites all southwest side residents and non-residents, both present and former to the Spirit of Jubilee Park on the 100 block of South Ave. to enjoy the festivities.

Starting at 4 p.m. the stage will open with community announcements and presentations from sponsors and community leaders. Immediately following at 5 p.m. The Ronnie Leigh Quartet will take the stage. The "RLQ" will perform a blend of jazz standards and originals with a twist of flair and expertise. The Donna Alford JaSSBand consisting of Sam Wynn, keys; Emmanuel Washington, drums; Dave Kuykendall, guitar; Reggie Seigler, Bass; Tammie Simmons-Parker and Rico Simmons, background vocals and singer extraordinaire will take the stage at 6:30 p.m.

People may recognize the name Donna Alford as the singer for the Soft Spoken band (SSB). Alford, who has performed as the single lead singer for the SSB for nearly two decades, started her own jazz project in September of 2006. Her new band which is managed in part by her husband and business partner Reggie Seigler, allows more latitude for her to select the songs that are close to her heart. On Sunday you can expect to hear a more soulful side of Alford as she performs some songs from Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross and Layla Hathaway. For added measure she'll also throw in a few "Neighborhood RnB" favorites to round out the set.

There will be plenty of food on hand and activities for the kids. Jubilee Park features a new kids area which was donated in part by the "40 Below" group and it will be enhanced by moonwalks for the kids to jump around in and book give-a-ways sponsored by the Parent Partnership Network. In addition, free balloons will be given away by Balloon Creations.

The series, which is produced by Jubilee Homes of Syracuse Inc., is sponsored this week by Onondaga Community College and Assemblywoman Joan Christensen.

For further information, call the coordinator, Reggie Seigler at 479-9620 or visit showcasesundays.com .

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