Tall Grass Arts Association Presents Jazz Jam

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Tall Grass Arts Association will present a Jazz Jam in the Tall Grass Gallery on Friday, March 19 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The event is being held in conjunction with the current gallery exhibit, “Something Jazzy,” which features the works of 15 artists on the concept of Jazz. The band P and R Entertainment will provide live music from 7:00 to 8:00. During the live music, artist Reynaldo Ferdinand will be creating a painting, inspired by the music. Reynaldo began his career in the arts by creating costumes for Caribbean parades. From that, he branched out into painting. His artwork reflects his background with costumes through the use of glitter and other three-dimensional items added to the paintings.

At 8:00, Denise Jordan Walker will speak about the history of Jazz. Denise Jordan-Walker is one of the most recognized radio personalities in the Chicagoland area, having worked in this market for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Columbia College and landed her first radio job in Chicago in 1987 at WJPC/ WLNR The Soft Touch. In 1989-1995 She joined WNUA 95.5. Denise joined V-103 as the afternoon personality in 1995 and remained there until 2000.

In 2000, she founded her publicity company, Jordan Walker Entertainment Group. Denise returned to radio while maintaining her public relations company and in December 2003 she began working at 106.3. In the spring of 2004, under the umbrella of Jordan Walker Entertainment Group, she created " Candid Jazz and Conversations, ” a national entertainment series that features jazz stars of today and yesterday in an intimate setting with their music buyers.

Two young poets, Articulite and Alanda Hughes, will present a poetry reading. They will recite jazzy poems that they have written.

Dr. Yemonja Smalls will speak on her method and style of work. Dr. Smalls is an emerging Chicagoland artist. Although she is a clinical psychologist, she is also a prolific artist who works primarily in acrylics, creating depictions of the human form. Dr. Smalls creates her artwork to jazz music and her inspiration comes from these rhythms.

Jazz Jam is open to the public free of charge. The Tall Grass Gallery is located at 367 Artists Walk in Downtown Park Forest, adjacent to Village Hall. For additional information, call the Gallery at (708) 748-3377, Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or check the Tall Grass website at

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