If you were in Downtown Madison Saturday evening, you may have heard a soulful rendition of “Proud Mary” reverberating out from Town Park. An Evening of Jazz rocked the park Saturday evening, drawing a couple hundred people for a night of music, dancing, and celebration.
The event featured the music styling of Rufus Hope Jr. and the 3X Jazz Band with a special appearance by “De-Bo-Rah” Norris who belted out classic hits throughout the evening. Ron Atwaters wailed on the saxophone accompanying De-Bo-Rah’s high-energy vocals. Rufus Hope Jr. kept the beat on drums and Greg Stripping played a soothing keyboard.
An Evening of Jazz was sponsored by Browns Chapel Baptist Church out of Bishop, and headed by Pastor-Teacher J. Ricardo Smith. The event raised over $4,000 for the church.
“This was a first time event,” said Phyllis Clark, one of the event organizers. “The event was awesome. We had such great support from those attending. We are already planning to do it again next year.”
An Evening of Jazz drew a decent crowd with people coming from all surrounding counties.
“We had people coming from Putnam County, Greene County, Clarke County, Ogelthorpe County, and Oconee County,” said Clark. “We chose Morgan County Madison because it’s a central location to bring everyone together. This allowed us to connect with surrounding counties. We are trying to become more of an outreach ministry.”
Browns Chapel Baptist Church is located 1030 Browns Chapel Road in Bishop, Ga.