Erwin “Flantis” Edwards captivates patrons on the saxophone.
Photo by Nelson A. King

Organizers of the Brooklyn Transition Lions Club’s inaugural Jazz Show have described as very successful the event that was held Sunday evening, at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church Hall, at 2806 Newkirk Ave. in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

“It was very good,” said Gloria Rennie-Murray, the Grenadian-born chair of the club’s Jazz Show Committee and co-chair of the Fundraising Committee.

“We worked very hard to put it together – to decorate the hall in black and white,” added the club’s immediate past president. “We had good entertainment.

“We were pleased with the turn-out,” Rennie-Murray continued. “It was a good turn-out, and it ended with a party, with dancing.”

Rose Davson, the Guyanese-born chairperson of the Fundraising Committee and a past club president, said the show was “wonderful.

“We had a fair crowd, and everybody had a wonderful time,” she said. “I’ve had lots of calls.”

The Jazz Show featured, among others, selections from Guyanese saxophonist Erwin “Flantis” Edwards of Ninja Entertainment; and songs from Xiomara Campbell and Jazz great Ronda Denet.

Jazz legend Ronda Denet mesmerizes patrons.
Photo by Nelson A. King

Denet enwrapped patrons with “Stormy Weather,” “Sunny” and “What a Wonderful World,” among others.

Edwards captivated with “Do it all Again,” “Love Song,” “Sentimental Journey” and “We’re all in this Love Together.”

“The hospitality was warm,” Edwards told Caribbean Life immediately after his performance. “The people enjoyed themselves. They wanted me to play more.”

Rennie-Murray said Campbell and Denet also provided “good entertainment.”

Lions from Crown Heights Lions Club, Winthrop Lions Club and Metropolis Lions Club were among patrons.

“I think it was a very good feature,” said Desiree Blake, president of the Brooklyn Transition Lions Club.

“The most rewarding thing is that people enjoyed it [Jazz Show],” added the recently-retired registered nurse. “That’s what makes me happy.”

Members of the Brooklyn Transition Lions Club pose for Caribbean Life during the Jazz Show.
Photo by Nelson A. King

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