Jazz kicks off Black History Month
By Hannah Anderson
The “Legendary Ladies of Jazz” concert will start the events for LCC’s Black History Month on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 4 p.m.
The event is free, but donations are accepted. The concert will take place in Dart Auditorium.
Ramona Collins, a singer originally from Lansing, will be singing for the faculty band in this event that celebrates jazz and female singers. Collins was invited to sing by Mike Daniels, a part-time instructor at LCC and a member of the faculty band.
Collins, who lives in Ohio, said she is excited for the concert because it is always nice to come home to Lansing.
“I think students should come not just because it’s Black History Month, but also to support jazz,” Collins said. “I think it’s good to widen your horizons.”
Collins chose to sing in the concert because she liked the theme (“Legendary Ladies of Jazz”) and thought it would be an educational piece.
Daniels agreed that students could learn something by attending.
“(Students should come) not only from the entertainment aspect but even from the historical aspect,” Daniels said. “If they’re interested in the history of Black America, they should come check out the music scene from back then. African Americans have contributed so many things to their life.”
Every member of the band is a professional musician. The band will perform songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Diana Washington and more.
Robin Moore, the chair of the Black History Month committee, said the concert will be a great time for attendees.
“Who does not like music?” Moore asked. “I think it’ll be a great way to educate and introduce jazz to our students, and they may even find an interest in looking more toward our music program.
“It will give them an opportunity to hear the musicians that come out of LCC. Come and get involved, and celebrate Black History Month with us.”
For more information, call Performing Arts Production Coordinator Melissa Kaplan at (517) 483-1488 or go to http://www.lcc.edu/cma/events/