Legendary R&B singer/songwriter Phil Perry, jazz musician and producer Joey Sommerville, and violinist Brooke “Viosocalist” Alford will be the featured performers at the concert hosted by 100 Black Men of DeKalb County.
Tickets for the 3:30 and 8 p.m. shows are $50 each. Proceeds benefit the 100 Black Men’s Leadership Academy Program for youth.
Perry’s solo albums include “The Heart of a Man,” “One Heart, One Love” and “The Gift of Love.” He is a former member of the 1970s soul group the Montclairs and was a session singer with Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Patti LaBelle, and Lee Ritenour.
Trumpeter Sommerville has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including mega-rock group Phish. He produced bassist/vocalist Rhonda Smith’s “RS2,” which features Prince, Sheila E. and gospel great Fred Hammond. In 2007, he started the Smooth Jazz After Dark Series at Sambuca Jazz Café in Atlanta. His latest album, “The Get Down Club,” features funk, gospel and bop influences delivered with pop sensibilities.
Alford, who lives in metro Atlanta, performs as an Artist of the Violin. She plays in various styles, including contemporary jazz, gospel, pop and R&B, and has opened for national and international recording artists such as Najee, Will Downing, Paul Taylor, Eric Darius and Rick Braun.
Matthew Ware, the 100 Black Men’s president, said the fund-raiser serves a dual purpose.
“The Sunday Smooth Jazz concert will not only provide great entertainment but will also provide the community an opportunity to support a program that builds future leaders from our community,” he said.
Since its inception 20 years ago, the Leadership Academy has positively impacted more than 5,000 DeKalb students.
It focuses on changing lives and building the character of students in grades six to 12 through education and personal empowerment.
The Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center is at 3181 Rainbow Drive in Decatur. To purchase tickets, visit www.dekalb
100blackmen.org or call 404-288-2772.