4 Most Records and Entertainment Awards Second Community Service Plaque

4 Most Records and Entertainment, CEO Nathan Lucas awarded his second Community Service plaque to Gloria DeNard, founder of Manna House Workshops in East Harlem.

The award took place during Manna House’s 2010 Music For Entertainment, Education and Enlightenment (MEEE) jazz concert season opener in the Manna Mini Theater on East 106th Street.  The guest artist for this concert was the first recipient of this award, his dad, the legendary Max “the sax” Lucas.

Accompanying him on drums was McClenty Hunter and on keyboard his son, Nathan.  Emceeing the evening was another legendary keyboardist and producer Onaje Allan Gumbs who also accompanied a few numbers on the piano.  Bertha Hope also took a turn on the piano.  She will guest her own show on Sunday, May 2, 2010.

The 99 year old Lucas (who will turn 100 on September 13, 2010) has graced many stages with many of the top names in Jazz, including; Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Nat King Cole, Charlie Parker, Dakota Staton, Billie Holiday, Theolonius Monk, Tiny Bradshaw, Louis Armstrong Orchestra, The Platters, The Miracles and now his son Nathan Lucas on the Hammond B3 organ.

The younger Lucas began his studies at Manna House Workshops at the age of 6 and “remembers when it was just one big room.”  Having played his organ around the world with such greats as his dad, Etta Jones,  Roy Ayers, Arthur Prysock and befriended many more including John Patton, George Benson, Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, Lucas gives back to the community by coming back to Manna House and performing (last year) and now this year with his dad.

They can be seen playing at the Lenox Lounge every Wednesday night. You may order their CDs @ www.myspace.com/nathanelucas

For upcoming Manna House Workshops (MEEE) Jazz Concert Series see listing below:

March 7Bill Saxton, Harlem’s own seasoned, sensational saxophonist.  This dynamic instrumentalist has worked with legendary artists such as Clifford Jordan, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Carmen McCrae, Nancy Wilson and a host of others.  Mr. Saxton is the composer of more than thirty compositions and has earned a three star rating in Downbeat and critical acclaim in Bebop and Beyond Magazine. Visit Bill’s Place Harlem’s Little Speakeasy every Friday at 148 West 133rd Street.

April 4 – Andrei Carriere, guitarist, composer and arranger Andrei Carriere has worked and toured with a host of artists that include Arlene Smith’s Chantels, Chuck Jackson, Esther Phillips, Webster Lewis and Marlena Shaw and the Sussex recording artists, Creative Source.  Mr. Carriere can be seen performing throughout the New York City area.

May 2 – Bertha Hope, pianist, composer, arranger and vocalist has committed her musical talents to promoting the brilliant compositions of her late husband, composer Elmo Hope.  Ms. Hope has performed on major Jazz Festivals and concerts and can be seen throughout the Tri-State area.

June 6 – Valerie Capers Quintet, has received rave reviews at festivals nationally and internationally to name a few the Norfolk University Festival in Connecticut and Nantes Festival in France.  Dr. Capers, an accomplished pianist, composer and vocalist received both her bachelors and masters degrees from the Julliard School of Music even though she is visually challenged. She has three honorary doctorates, which are exemplary of her artistry and musicianship.  Her most recent CD entitled “Limited Edition” is receiving rave reviews.  Dr. Capers can be seen in concert in the New York City area.

For further information, please go http://www.mannahousejazz.org

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