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Jazzy Tea Zoom Event - A Fundraiser by CUMW

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Grab your cup of tea and join Colesville’s United Methodist Women's Jazzy Tea Fundraiser, featuring sacred and contemporary jazz sounds.

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The United Methodist Women of Colesville UMC will have a delightful afternoon of tea and jazz presented by the amazing Art Sherrod, Jr., to raise funds for community missions. So, serve yourself with an infused cup of tea, love and joy. Ed Smith, Host and Producer of Jazz Now on Takoma Radio WOWD-lp, will guide us through the afternoon of fun.

The tea will be brewing on May 16, 2021 at 3:00pm. There's a Special Presentation during Intermission and there will be a “meet the artist” and fellowship at the end of the program.

A little about the artist

Art Sherrod, Jr is “a man who loves music, a man who loves art … equal parts heart and soul.” Art’s creativity “was shaped by his rich experiences, the people with the greatest influences in his formative years, as well as the exposure of culture, religion, and the arts."

Art grew up in Texas with an appreciation for everything from Country & Western, to Rock N’ Roll, Rap, Hip-Hop, to Gospel, and yes, Jazz. His love began in church sitting with is amazing mother who sang and played the B-3 organ and his father who sang in the male chorus. To this day, their love for singing continues to be very personal. As if Art knew from the age of 5, his muse would be the saxophone and his avocation would be creating music that inspires, heals, praises speaks to the soul and makes us smile.

During Art’s four-year tenure as a midshipman attending the US Naval Academy, few people knew he was a musician. But shortly after his time at the academy, Art felt a strong desire to be creative again and step away from the more analytical side of life. So he started playing the saxophone again. Influenced by the likes of David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Kim Waters and other notables, he gained a great appreciation and respect for strong melodies, grooves, tone and soulful expressiveness. In 2005, Art released his freshman project entitled “All 4 Love” which featured an incredible arrangement of the Hall and Oates mega hit, Sara Smile.

In 2009 Art was signed to Pacific Coast Jazz record label and soon after released his second project, “Seasons”. This project featured a laundry list of industry superstars like Will Downing, Chuck Loeb, Gerald Albright, Frank McComb, Tracy Hamlin, Marcus Johnson, U-Nam, Alex Al and others.

The success of the two projects were satisfying to Art on so many levels; however, he desired greatly to give something back that truly defined the totality of what defines him – his love for the Lord, his family and music. With that being said, he endeavored to record his first gospel project. Art was fortunate enough to have not only a supportive label, but a cadre of uber talented and equally connected musicians that he could lean on to assist in creating his dream Gospel Jazz project, “Intervention”, which features the soulful sound of Incognito’s lead vocalist, Maysa Leak, on a very funky arrangement of Edwin Hawkins’ Oh Happy Day. This project has 13 spiritually enriched tracks that highlight Art’s roots in Gospel, Jazz, R&B and Funk. By no means is “Intervention” your ordinary gospel jazz project, as it features some nontraditional songs like Frankie Beverly’s I Wanna Thank You and Sam Cooke’s A Change Gonna Come, in addition to some traditional gospel songs like It Is Well, He Looked Beyond My Faults, My Soul Has Been Anchored and a funky horn section infused arrangement of Walter Hawkins’ Going Up Yonder. The contemporary side of Art is revealed as he interprets Vashawn Mitchell’s Nobody Greater and William McDowell’s I Give Myself Away, Chris Tomlin’s How Great is Our God featuring guitarist Alan Scott, How Excellent featuring world renowned bass guitarist, David Dyson, and Donnie McClurken’s mega hit Stand. “Intervention” will keep you immersed from the first to the last song. With one listen, it is clear to see that Art Sherrod Jr’s passion is to connect to the heart of diverse audiences with an Intervention of love. He is a living testimony of living from the heart.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who are the Colesville United Methodist Women (CUMW)?

CUMW is Colesville UMC’s branch of the United Methodist faith organization for women with the mission of “fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice.”

The Colesville United Methodist Women are women with a Purpose!

"United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

2. What programs are supported by this fundraiser?

CUMW supports various missions within the local community including providing food to needy families in the area, supporting Christmas gifting to both local families and to children in Board of Child Care facilities (a United Methodist program). We also support outreach programs on justice reform.

3. What type of program is this fundraiser?

Expect to be delightfully entertained by the jazz saxophonist, Art Sherrod Jr. His mix of sacred and contemporary jazz will leave you uplifted. Ed Smith, our Master of Ceremonies for the evening, has a weekly jazz show on Takoma Radio, WOWD-lp. His jazz knowledge will tantalize you as you watch and listen to Art’s soulful sounds.

4. Why are you calling this Jazzy Tea?

We are offering this entertainment during the late afternoon teatime. We are suggesting you grab a cup of tea and join us on Zoom for an entertaining afternoon.

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