published Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Jazzanooga wrapping up this weekend

Ruben Studdard, left, and Lalah Hathaway.
Ruben Studdard, left, and Lalah Hathaway.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

IF YOU GO

Lalah Hathaway, Ruben Studdard

■ When: 8 p.m. Friday, April 25.

■ Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.

■ Admission: $55, $150.

Gregory Porter, Avery*Sunshine

■ When: 6:45 p.m. Sunday, April 27

■ Where: Memorial Auditorium Community Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave.

■ Admission: $55, VIP $150.

Edible Jazz

■ What: Food historian and culinary blogger Michael Twitty hosts a community lecture and cooking demonstration on the importance of tradition, nature and availability of ingredients in African-American and Southern culture.

■ When: 5:30 tonight, April 24.

■ Where: Dish-T-Pass, 302 W. Sixth St.

■ Admission: $25.

The Jazzanooga Festival wraps up this week with a parade, a food demonstration and two concerts featuring Lalah Hathaway and Ruben Studdard and Gregory Porter and Avery*Sunshine.

The Hathaway/Studdard show will take place Friday, April 25, at the Tivoli. Hathaway will host the evening of classic soul and jazz with some R&B thrown in. The pair will sing songs from their own catalogs, as well as some duets and fan favorites.

The Porter/Avery*Sunshine show will take place Sunday, April 27, in the Community Theatre upstairs at Memorial Auditorium.

Porter, touted as a new "king of jazz," has been compared with the greatest of the greats, such as Joe Williams, Nat Cole, Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye.

Avery*Sunshine is a new voice in R&B, soul, jazz and gospel. A trained pianist, she counts Chaka Khan and Roy Ayers among her fans. She has worked with producer Dana Johnson who co-wrote and co-produced many tracks on India.Arie's "Voyage to India" CD.

The Jazzanooga Festival was created by Shane Morrow as a monthlong celebration of jazz music in general and the jazz scene in Chattanooga. It features events at multiple locations around the city.

BIG 9 SERIES EVENTS

■ Thursday: Jazz at Memo's, featuring local musicians, 6 p.m. Music served up with a side of barbecue and chopped wieners at one of the city's iconic eateries.

■ Friday: Downtown Jazz at Waterhouse Pavilion, 12:30-2 p.m., conclusion of weekly concert series featuring Chattanooga State Community College Jazz Ensemble, Jazzanooga Youth Academy and Chattanooga's Jazz Divas.

■ Saturday: Series concludes with JazzWalk, a traditional New Orleans second-line parade, beginning at 11 a.m. at Whiteside Park and concluding at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, where activities continue until 4 p.m. Set to perform are Tennessee State University Jazz Collegians, University of Tennessee Knoxville Trombone Ensemble, Sweet Georgia Sound, Ninth Street Stompers and the Jazzanooga Youth Music Academy.

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