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2 jazz artists in Black history concert in Chandler

February 17th, 2022 development
2 jazz artists in Black history concert in Chandler

Santan Sun News Staff

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

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

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

Bey says on his website, “I have a 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 guitarist, is executive producer of Lockhart’s “The Sunshine Album” and calls the saxophonist a rare kind of artist.

“When you hear him play, it’s something very striking-so that 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” is topping the charts.

Lockhart has 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’s added jazz, straight-ahead 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 mind and soul of listeners.

“And that’s what I also hope to do… to perform music my listeners will continue to return to whenever they want to feel good. The one thing I’ve learned from Mr. Benson is to make music that sounds good and feels good.”

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

COVID-19 vaccination cards will be required for admission


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