2 Jazz Artists Performing Black History Concert in Chandler

Santan Sun News Staff

Two of the Valley’s brightest jazz stars will be on the same stage at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Feb. 25 as Phoenix Entertainment Circle performs its Black History concert, titled “Two Horns.”

It will feature a tribute to the legendary Miles Davis by artists Jermaine Lockhart and Gabriel Bey with the Mainstream Band.

The two artists will play music from their latest albums before paying their tribute to Miles Davis. Also on the show was special guest singer Charity Lockhart, who had sold-out shows with her “Aretha Franklin Tribute.”

Bey states on his website, “It is my vision to elevate and expand Arizona’s music and film industries by developing talented new artists and being a trusted music publishing partner.”

George Benson, one of jazz’s greatest guitarists, is the executive producer of Lockhart’s “The Sunshine Album” and calls the saxophonist a rare artist.

“When you hear him play, it’s something very striking, so the next time you hear him you’ll know there’s something very familiar about his sound,” Benson said.

On the London Soul Chart, the “Sunshine Album” topped the charts.

Lockhart shared the stage with Angie Bofill, Pieces of a Dream, Brian Auger, Bob James and the Jazz Crusaders.

Lockhart lives in Phoenix and was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where he grew up in the Pentecostal church playing his saxophone music.

Since then he has added jazz, straight grooves and rhythm and blues genres to his repertoire.

He says he is motivated by musicians like George Benson, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw and Thelonius Monk because “they pushed for a unique sound that touched the minds and souls of listeners.

“And that’s what I also hope to do…play music that my listeners will keep coming back to whenever they want to feel good. The one thing I learned from Mr. Benson is to make music that sounds good and feels good.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for a special VIP package that includes special seating, a free CD, and a meet-and-greet with both artists.

COVID-19 vaccination cards will be required for admission

Tickets are on sale now at the Chandler Arts Center: 480-782-2680.

Ada J. Kenney