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02-10-10 Enjoy Mardi Gras In South Holland
By Cindy Cruz
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 9:53 AM CST

Malcolm HolleyThe Mardi Gras season is quickly approaching in New Orleans, but you don’t have to travel down south to experience the festivities. The South Holland Parks and Recreation Department invites area residents to celebrate Mardi Gras with a program featuring local jazz musician Malcolm Holley and Friends who will present a ‘lil’ bit of” Jazz on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the South Holland Community Center located at 501 E. 170th St.

Senior Recreation Supervisor Cindy Copenhaver said everyone is ready for some good entertainment to chase away the winter doldrums so this was a good time to present a show. They had wanted to do a jazz program and the timing and theme seemed right for Mardi Gras. Audience members will be transported to the festive party atmosphere complete with a light dinner and appetizers with a Cajun flavor provided by Glenwood Oaks Restaurant.

Holley, who is originally from Detroit, has lived in South Holland for 13 years and is active in the community coaching youth sports. He began playing jazz while in high school. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University he performed at jazz clubs in the Detroit area. He later formed his own group that featured jazz drummer Gayelynn McKinney and recorded with Mad Mike Banks and Underground Resistance. Holley plays the music of the great jazz players of the past with heart and soul. He said his debut CD, “ Mad About Sax,” showcases his songwriting and playing abilities and will be available for purchase at the show.

During the show he will play instrumental versions of jazz favorites played on WNUA as well as some of his own compositions. Joining Holley will be drummer John Pettis, base player Calvin Whittaker, guitarist Jonson Anderson and Stacy Johnson on keyboard.

After relocating to Chicago, Holley started doing music for local cable television productions and wrote some music for the Chicago Matters series on WTTW Channel 11 as well as for a video which won the Center for New Television Voice and Visionary Award. Holley also played with Sam Cockrell & the Groove who opened for some of Chicago’s top blues acts.

The program is being presented as part of the South Holland Parks and Recreation Department’s continuing Entertainment Series. Past shows have featured Elvis impersonator Rick Saucedo, The Voices, Harbor Lights and comedian Ken Sevara. Copenhaver said all of the programs have received rave reviews. Residents like having quality entertainment close to home.

Advanced tickets for Saturday’s show are $22 for seniors age 60 and older, $25 for adults age 16 and older. Day of show tickets are $30. For more information or to purchase tickets call Copenhaver at 708-331-2940. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the show begins at 6:30 pm

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