Black History, Jazz and Poetry

By Turiya S. A. Raheem
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I’ve missed some of the poetry/spoken word and jazz events around Atlantic City recently, but I am sure having a great time this month at the ones I do attend.  

Kelsey’s restaurant's newest location at Kentucky and Pacific avenues has been jammin’ every Friday and Saturday night with Tony Day and Friends, Eddie Morgan and other local talent. 

Sometimes, there’s even been a waiting line, but people don’t seem to mind. Local residents, anxious to help support Kelsey and Kim through the winter months, have filled the place for meals and music, and even some tourists have ventured away from the casinos and Boardwalk, braving the cold for delicious soul food dishes and live jazz well into the night.  

Elsewhere, poet and radio personality Ray Tyler partied with supporters of the Little Wellness Arts Center and artists of many genres in the Foundation Room at the Showboat last Saturday.

At the Asbury United Methodist’s Jazz Vespers last Sunday, a monthly program that is now going on two years, percussionist Tony Day appeared. On the third Sunday of every month from 4-6pm, you can fellowship in the sanctuary with a little bit of prayer and a whole lot of jazz. Light refreshments are also provided. 

On Feb. 17, Day was joined by friends and fellow musicians Teddy Royal on guitar, Lee Smith on bass and Yoichi Uzeki on the piano, all the way from Japan. The ensemble paid tribute to the legendary Duke Ellington with several of his signature tunes. 

With prayers to the Great Creator of the Universe, the Divine Maestro, the Master Musician and the Great Composer, about 30 people asked blessings on the musicians and their music and enjoyed an evening of excellent live entertainment with only an offering basket passed around midway through the program. 

It doesn’t get much better than that! 

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