Mother’s Day Jazz Events Celebrated Throughout Pensacola


This Mother’s Day, it wasn’t necessary to stand in line or wait at any restaurant as Pensacola was presented many options of entertainment as well as choices of brunch/dinner by local organizations.

The Mother’s Day Celebration began Sunday afternoon with a Jazz Brunch at The Event Center featuring two artists; Austin Paul Jr. and Friends and John Jackson and Elements of Praise.

As Austin Paul Jr and Friends serenaded the crowd, guests enjoyed a dinner served to them of turkey, ham, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, desert and sweet tea. Very few seats were left as everyone enjoyed the variety of music that the group played.

Austin Paul Jr. attends FAMU University and has appeared and won awards on Apollo Showtime in New York.

To really add to the celebration, John Jackson and Elements of Praise took to the stage and began a song of praise that had everyone on their feet clapping and swaying to the uplifting songs.

Later, The Improv Center hosted Inaugural Women of Many Hats. Sponsored by Majic 106.1, the event focused on women and the many ‘hats’ they wear. “Women should get rid of ill-fitting hats,” said speaker of the hour Dr. Lusharon Wiley. “Know your talents, know who you are. According to St Francis of Assisi, preach the gospel. When necessary, use words.”

“The event was absolutely fabulous. There was good energy. It was a very good beginning to what is to become a tradition,” said Dr. Wiley.

Guests were served a choice of baked chicken or salmon, green beans, red potatoes, carrots, rolls, red velvet cake and sweet tea.

That evening, Shelia’s Its Personal sponsored An Evening of Jazz with Eric Essix MOVE trio and guest vocalist Leonard Julien III. The event was a “grown folks affair” that made the perfect ending for a Mother’s Day adventure. The full house gala was a BYOB affair and featured heavy Hors-D’oeurves with DJ Shannon on the 1s and 2s.

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