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Jazz-extraordinaire Al Smith takes center state at TJ&J’s Oct 7

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MAYWOOD |  Jazz performer Al Smith, a multi-talented musician who’s mastered three different saxophones, two flutes, and two clarinets, will lead his six-piece band, Intimate Contact, into T&JJ’s for the first time this Saturday night October 7.

Smith’s national credits include ten years as lead sax for the Morris Ellis Orchestra as well as the Count Basie Orchestra and the Ray Charles Orchester. Luminaries he has played for include Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Eric Benet, The Spinners, Lou Rawls, the Temptations and Will Downing. Recipient of the 2015 Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Jazz Music by the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago, Smith played at the inauguration of Harold Washington, the pre-inaugural ball of President Barack Obama.

T&JJ’s in Maywood welcomes this jazz star in his debut performance this Saturday night, doors open at 6:30 pm.

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