This special feeling is exactly what Jazz @ The Elks offers. Ensembles like The Cliff Monear Trio, The Johnny Trudell Quartet (photo), The Terry Lower Trio and Ron Kischuk & Friends deliver top quality sounds.
The music also brings people out for fundraising events like ice cream socials, hot dogs and cool concerts that benefit veterans and help purchase Christmas gifts for children.
A program put on by the Plymouth Elks 1780, it was started by the late Byron Taylor who had connections with excellent musicians and a cool idea. According to Elks Chairman Ed Henderson, that “idea” is already paying off. Last holiday season, after collecting more than $5,000, The Plymouth Elks were able to give 900 Christmas gifts to under-privileged kids.
Although it started very small, in just under two years Jazz @ The Elks has grown to the point of being able to put on a special outdoor concert featuring seven bands each playing for around 40 minutes. This particular event culminated in a finale featuring all the bands on stage at once.
Jazz @ The Elks happens the last Tuesday of every month from 7-10 p.m. in a relaxed club setting. The Plymouth Elks Club is located at 41700 Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth.
If this sounds like your kind of thing, check out the next performance, Feb. 28 and eperience The Johnny Trudell Quartet, with Mr. Trudell on flugelhorn, Ray Tini on bass, Bill Cairo on drums and Chuck Shermatero on keyboard.
They’re cool. So are all who support Jazz @ The Elks.
- Adam Hinton