Tuesday, January 15, 2008


PHOTOS BY MA"ATOLOGY In order of appearance: ABOVE; The Soulful Celebration House Musicans from left Tony Simmons (piano), Shaun robinson (guitar), Jeremia Allen (keys), Theo Harden (bass), Kevin Kelly (drums)

WSIE personality Ross Gentile (left) introduced the mistress of ceremonies Fox 2's Bonita Cornute (right)

Stress Free Friday co-creator MarkAthony Jones escorted the first performer PAAR Committeewoman Joyce Hines

who performed "Blessed Assurance"

Donnie Brown performed Phil Perry's "In Winter' and in the second half the crowd pleasing Muddy Waters classic, "Hoochie Coochie Man."

PAAR Committee's Mary Keller and the Downtown Sound performed "With a Song in my Heart."

Renee Smith sand, "Fly Me to the Moon."

Adams Mark Hotel singer Bill Tucker performed the jazz standard "Night and Day" and later on on show, Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."

Traveling singer Sherry White performed the jazz standard 'Body and Soul" and later on in the show, Frank Sinatra's "That's Life."

Mary Dyson performed her interpretations of Prince's "Kiss" and Peabo Bryson's "Feel the Fire."

The Power Play Girls performed "Rufus' "You Got the Love" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." as tribute to the troops in Iraq.

Jazz diva Kim Massie performed a soulful version of Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman," and Gladys Knight's"Best Thing that Ever Happened to me." as a tribute to her mother who passed away in 2006.

Adriana Larkin performed, "No Ingenue"

Lounge singer Kecia Davis performed, "I Cry for you," and Barbra Streisand's "People"

Singer Cheryl Brown performed the blues classic, "Big Fat Daddy."

In the second part of the show, Brown performed her rendition of "Dr. Feelgood/Rock Me baby" resulting in a rousing standing ovation and an encore.

Tap dancer Mark Gladney of the legendary Four Step Brothers performed.

In the second act of the show, PAAR Committeewoman Jacquie Noland presented scholarships to youth students who are "C' average in their grades.

.....as well as students in college.

Joy McCaleb Bryant and the Soulful Ensemble performed the gospel song, "Help is on the Way."

Keyboardist Jeremia Allen tore it up with Ray Charles' "My Song for you."

A Taste of Motown performed, "Ain't no Moutain High Enough."

PAAR founder jazz diva Mae "Lady Jazz" Wheeler was presented with flowers from some of her Sigma Gamma Rho sisters during the show as Cornute looks on.

Wheeler accepts a kiss from her sorority sister.

Wheeler said that it was 59th year performing jazz in St. Louis, thanked the crowd for coming and bearing the air conditioning in the hall (jokingly) . She also said that it wa simportant for STl to support artsist here in the Lou amnd that children need role models. She also retorted, 'To love me is to know me and I might not let you get to know me."

Wheeler ended the show with the finale, "Let the Godo Times Roll."

Wheeler gave the mike to one of her granddaughters to do a chorus..

PAAR escorts Reginald Finney, Jones and George Sims with Wheeler.

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