Denise Thimes, who was introduced by her father,
Lou "Fatha" Thimes, displayed a
phenomenal Jazz range. It is simply incredible
to hear such a deep rich low voice in sultry
bass followed by such a sweet high falsetto.
She pulled at the strings of our emotions
with the beauty of her melodies in ways that
words can't speak. Her scat took us to a fun
place where jazz legends play and show us
the real range of the human voice.
will not forget to mention the musicians who
gave their all and then some: Tony Simmons
- Keyboard, Greg Haynes - Guitar, Amos Brewer
- Saxophone, John King - Bass, and Jeremy
Haynes on the Drums. The guitar made me think
about BB King and the Sax made me think about
the Jazz heroes of old. The keyboard solos
made me want to get up and dance. There was
room for everyone. The bass solo was unique
and fun and the drummer kept us all tapping
& Honorary Chair Vickie Newton and Co-Host
Debbie Alexander drew us in and made us feel
like we were part of the whole thing. They
gave us the flavor of the artist we were hearing
and let us know about the other great artists
who were in the audience. Co-Host Gene Dobbs
Bradford lost control of himself and rushed
onto the stage with his harmonica blazing
when Denise and Kim came on stage for an encore
and a duet. He was a real plus for the show.
got to meet Mae Wheeler, Ruby Sain, Jeanie
Trevor, and other local greats. Anybody who
was there should have been working the crowd.
For you fans of Blues and Jazz you would have
been pleased to meet some of our local stars.