Overtown to celebrate jazz at Jackson Soul Food

mcneir | 9/6/2012, 12:58 p.m.

On Friday, September 7, from 7-10 p.m., musical magic will return to Overtown during an event that will recreate the legendary jazz supper clubs of a bygone era. The event, Jazz (and a little bit of Blues) at Jackson Soul Food, will feature legendary musicians Joey Gilmore, Bobby Stringer, Mel Dancy, FranCina Jones and Tree Top. In Overtowns heyday as the Harlem of the South, dozens of nightclubs dotted the streets and hosted marquee acts like Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Josephine Baker, Billie Holliday, Nat King Cole and Dizzy Gillespie. The neighborhood served as a place of rest and refuge for Black mainstream entertainers who were not allowed to lodge at prominent venues where they performed. Jazz (and a little bit of Blues) at Jackson Soul Food is coordinated by Overtown Music Project with support from the Knight Foundation. The Overtown Music Project celebrates the music, history and spirit of Overtown and is committed to returning the music to Overtown permanently through its events and programming. Jackson Soul Food has served Overtown, visitors and Miami-Dade County since opening its doors in 1946 and is now a community fixture. Go to www.overtownmusicproject.org for more information. Miami Times staff report