All that jazz
by Ellen Eldridge
July 11, 2014 01:34 AM | 2155 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
International singing sensation Gwen Hughes will perform tonight as a part of the new Canton Jazz & Joke series at the Cherokee Arts Center, along with two rising comedy stars. The Arts Center hopes the series will be offered monthly. <br> Special to the Tribune
International singing sensation Gwen Hughes will perform tonight as a part of the new Canton Jazz & Joke series at the Cherokee Arts Center, along with two rising comedy stars. The Arts Center hopes the series will be offered monthly.
Special to the Tribune
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The Cherokee Arts Center in downtown Canton is bringing some laughs to the city tonight when it hosts a musical comedy production, an event the center hopes will be monthly.

“Canton Jazz & Jokes,” presented by Fountaine Lewis Productions, features international singing sensation Gwen Hughes and rising comedy stars Josh Harris and Kelly Spillman, Cherokee Arts Center Executive Director Mary Martin Akers said.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

After completing her 12th European tour, Hughes will be performing the R&B, jazz and blues selections that have helped define her success in the music industry during the one-night-only performance.

Host Fountaine Lewis, an Atlanta-based photographer, said the Gwen Hughes Trio brings a mix of jazz, blues and rhythm and blues in performing songs from the “Great American Songbook.”

He said he started hosting his “Jazz and Jokes” series in Marietta Square about four years ago, and Akers invited him to bring the series that spotlights top musicians and comedians in the southeast region to Canton on a monthly basis to start.

The series is based in an intimate, unique and fun environment, Akers said.

The comedians and artists change, Lewis said, but the format for the productions stays the same, with a mixture of music and clean comedy.

“We create events to showcase the talents of local artists” Lewis said, adding he uses some of the profits to promote music and arts in local schools by donating instruments.

“I go out and buy instruments to donate to local school music and arts programs,” he said. “Kids perform better on tests when they have music in their lives.”

Tickets for tonight’s show are available online at http://cantonjazzandjokesjuly11th.eventbrite.com.

For additional information about upcoming events, including a John Mayer Tribute planned for August, visit Jazz and Jokes Atlanta on Facebook and visit www.cherokeearts.org.

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