The Jazz 91.9 WCLK Holiday Benefit Concert Very Special…An Evening with Ronnie and Debra Laws
Sat December 8, 2012
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Cost: $35 Adv/$40 Day Of Show
About the Event:
Jazz 91.9 WCLK – The Jazz of the City – will present another stellar evening of masterpiece Jazz drenched with Soul, unique vocal styling and signature saxophone playing from music legend Ronnie Laws and friends on Saturday, December 8, 2012, 8:00 PM at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. The Jazz 91.9 WCLK – Very Special…An Evening with Ronnie and Debra Laws - Holiday Benefit Concert will feature a special performance by Debra Laws, best known for her contemporary classic hit, Very Special (sampled by Jennifer Lopez and Mary J. Blige). The concert will also include performances by well known Jazz artists and culminate with a spectacular showcase by Ronnie Laws.
Adding to the evening excitement is the kickoff of one of the centerpieces of the WCLK’s community engagement activities, the Give A Toy, Give A Smile holiday gift campaign. Each year, Jazz 91.9 in partnership with For the Children, Inc., collects and distributes toys to brighten the lives of disadvantage youth in the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services Foster Care Program. Concert attendees who bring an unwrapped toy for boys and girls between the ages of one and 14 will be entered into a raffle to meet and greet Ronnie Laws and, special guests, backstage, following the concert.
Ronnie Laws’ name is virtually synonymous with good music. True Laws fans know, this gifted contemporary music artist is by no means a new comer to the business. A native of Houston, Texas, born October 3, 1950, the third in a famous line of four musicians that include his classically trained Jazz flautist brother, Hubert, and his vocalist sisters, Eloise and Debra. Laws taught himself to play alto saxophone at the age of eleven, and after an eye injury sidelined early dreams of a career in professional baseball, partially to fulfill his mom’s dream of playing the horn, his instrument became his all-consuming passion. In 1970 he moved to Los Angeles, where he found work under the tutelage of such legendary talents as The Jazz Crusaders and Hugh Masakela. His formative training also included stints with Jazz pianist Walter Bishop Jr. and organist Doug Cann. He was a member of the 70’s much-revered soul group Earth Wind and Fire, where he played tenor and soprano sax for a two-year stint, before finally venturing out to pursue a solo career. Controversy quickly erupted around him, with so called Jazz “purist”, criticizing Laws’ inventive, non-traditional, “Jazz Fusion” style. Laws promptly answered his critics by also scoring unprecedented cross-over success in R&B and Pop, in addition to Jazz, and receiving multiple awards for originality in the process. Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of Jazz with the broader reaching strains of Soul and Pop music.