KENOSHA — April is Jazz Appreciation Month and Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave., will play host to the third annual “Celebrate Jazz” series with a month-long focus of jazz performances. The series will show how jazz crosses borders of culture, musical genre, technology, gender and race.
Celebrate Jazz kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, with the Kal Bergendahl Project. Blending free-flowing funk and memorable melodies, the ensemble is driven by the horn section of Eric Schoor, tenor sax; Benny Olson, alto sax; Eric Jacobson, trumpet; Theo Merriweather, keys; Glenn Williams, drums, and Kal Bergendahl, bass. The evening’s performance will be video recorded and all concertgoers will receive a digital download card of the EP “Parallels Ch. 1.” Admission is $8. For more, go to www.kalbproject.com.
The classic sounds of Ellington, Goodman and Sinatra will fill the room at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, when the Southport Sound Big Band takes the stage. The 11-member group features and swings with some of the American Songbooks greatest treasures. There is no admission fee.
Vocalist Naomi Marie will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 13. The charismatic Minnesota native, with her soulful and lush voice, will pay tribute to vocal jazz greats Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. She will also introduce original material as well as cover other contemporary artists. Joining Marie will be Curtis Crump on saxophone and keys, Terry Peterson on guitar, Paul Griffin on drums and Kal Bergendahl on bass. Admission is $8. For more, go to www.naomimariemusic.org.
The series will conclude at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, with local guitar legend Terry Peterson’s Chaine De Gitan. They bring together an eclectic mix of jazz styles spanning the century. Admission is $8.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.kenoshafusion.com.