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Jazz Café celebrates 5th year

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The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE – The opening ceremonies kicked off with "The Sound of Music" while the evening progressed into more old time favorites such as "Moonlight Serenade" performed by the Waxahachie Jazz Orchestra consisting of band students from middle through high school Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Dressed in formal attire, the patrons of the evening enjoyed a candlelight buffet style dinner with plenty of deliciously catered food provided by "My Sister’s Affair".

"This whole event is ran by the Waxahachie Band Booster and was started to help benefit the students," said Jennifer Dacy, 8th grade band parent and Jazz Café Committee chair.

The Jazz Café started five years ago as an experiment designed to offer a new and different venue in which to showcase the talent of the Waxahachie Jazz Orchestra.

"I helped start up the first year and then stepped backed for a little bit and now being a 8th grade band mom I am chair again," said Dacy.

Master of ceremonies and jazz trumpeter Larry Spencer lives in Red Oak and has worked with such famed musicians like Henry Mancini, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Lou Rawls, Frank Sinatra and many more.

"Everyone having a good time tonight? I really enjoy being out here," said Davis.

Playing alongside the eve-ning’s master of ceremonies and students was Waxahachie High School Alumni Keith Davis, jazz saxophonist currently teaching in Cleburne.

The Jazz Café committee is a group of dedicated parents who get together and start working to get the event in place during the summer.

More than one attendee said the event gets bigger and better each year and they always look forward to not only having a fun evening but helping the band booster club out as well.

"What more could you ask for?" said one local resident dressed to impress. "Dinner, dancing and great music make for a night to remember."

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