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Canton Color Block Jazz Series

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ShopCanton Dressup for the Jazz Concerts

ShopCanton Dressup 
New this Year:

Post a selfie at the Jazz concerts with hashtag #ShopCantonDressUp on Instagram until 7:45pm in your color block outfit of the week.

During intermission, a random winner will be chosen and awarded a Gift Card from that color block.

2017 JazzColorTour Instagram Contest

2017 Canton Color Block Jazz Series Instagram Contest 

Take your best shot while having fun at at the 2017 Canton Color Block Jazz Series and upload the photo to Instagram using the hashtag #JazzColorBlocks giving us permission to repost and possibly publish in print! The photo with the most likes on ShopCanton social media will win a ShopCanton Prize Pack of Gift Certificates.

Winner will be announced on:

Photos submitted with #JazzColorBlocks authorize New Moon Visions, representing the Canton DDA to copyright, use and publish the same in PR, print, radio, and Cable TV online and/or electronically without payment, and without any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of the photograph or any other consideration. Furthermore, participants, who enter the contest, fully release Facebook from any liability. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook.
7 Weeks of Jazz
Fridays 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
July 14 - August 25

The Canton DDA in cooperation with Canton Leisure Services and the Canton Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the 12th season of the popular Canton Color Block Jazz Series.

Bring your lawn chair and get ready to sit back and enjoy! Share in the fun with your friends! @ShopCanton #JazzColorBlocks

2017 Schedule:

July 14
Phil Denny

July 21
John E. Lawrence

July 28
Sheila Landis &
Blues in The Night

August 4
Ron Otis

August 11 - at IKEA
Rayse Biggs

August 18 - at IKEA
RYZ Mr. Gerard Gibbs

August 25 - at IKEA
Greg Nagy

The color-coded blocks will be celebrated each week of the jazz series with chance to win a prize when you come dressed in the color of the week and various specials will also be offered. And every week, while supplies last, there will be a commemorative gift for the first 25 people who turn in receipts for a minimum of $25 from a Canton merchant. As always, this event is FREE to the public. Each concert begins promptly at 7:00 p.m., but come early to start the night off with dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in the local area or grab some Jazzy Carryout to enjoy during the show.

Also be sure to watch for each night's code for FREE gift at ShopCanton booth
Make sure you like us on Facebook and show your phone at the booth!
Aug 25, 2017 Code: JCB25GN

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About the Jazz Artists

Phil Denny, an international smooth jazz Saxophonist,​ ​returns to Canton. Denny has the songwriting lyricism​ ​compared to veteran jazz performers, but an energetic​ ​fresh style for today’s jazz scene.​ ​The four-time Billboard charting, independent artist​ ​has been described as a passionate and soulful player​ ​often captivating audiences with his smooth, sexy yet​ ​energetic style. Friends and fans alike​ ​often describe him​ ​as a people’s musician having developed and maintained​ ​a very active, loyal​ ​and ever-growing fan base.​ ​Denny is all over social media when he’s not on a​ ​tropical cruise. Stop​ ​by and have your picture added​ ​to his Facebook wall, and enjoy some good jazz while​ ​you’re here.

John E Lawrence, a lifelong resident of Ypsilanti,​ ​is a jazz guitarist with a Motown sound. He is an​ ​accomplished musician recording several CD’s and​ ​writing various instructional guitar books. He​ ​loves​ ​to pay tribute to those musical guitarists that have​ ​influenced him the most.​ ​Among his many​ ​accomplishments is a performance at​ ​Carnegie Hall. In addition to touring throughout The​ ​United​ ​States, he has performed in Haiti, Surinam,​ ​Germany and The Montreaux Jazz Festival in​ ​Switzerland.​ ​John is very well supported by talented musicians and​ ​vocalists, all artists. Canton​ ​welcomes Lawrence, his​ ​troubadours, and his incredible guitar playing back to​ ​the stage!

Sheila Landis & Blues in the Night is a​ ​performance not to miss. As a 7-time “Outstanding Jazz​ ​Vocalist” award winner, Sheila uses her voice to entice​ ​and enliven. Her voice is her instrument,​ ​moving through​ ​old tunes with grace and magnetism, and she performs​ ​the blues with emotion and​ ​her flair of “scat.”​ ​Sheila is supported by guitarist Rick Matle who brings​ ​his own version of rock,​ ​jazz, and blues influences into​ ​the mix. As regulars on the Mitch Album Show, we were​ ​lucky to pull​ ​them out of the studio to perform live in​ ​Canton. This will be a concert to send you home with a​ ​song in your head, wishing for more.

Ron Otis, a Detroit-based drummer renowned for his​ ​versatility, improvisation and impeccable​ ​timing makes​ ​his first appearance on the Canton stage. He incorporates​ ​syncopated rhythms and​ ​funky accenting. Most of all, he​ ​is one to watch while performing, a great entertainer.​ ​He has toured​ ​with guitarist Earl Klugh and pianist​ ​Bob James for over a decade and usually plays​ ​alongside​ ​bassist Al Turner.​ ​His first solo album Upfront puts the spotlight on Otis’​ ​compositional and​ ​arrangement skills. It is called​ ​contemporary, modern jazz in its purest form and​ ​playfully melodic.

Rayse Biggs, an accomplished musician, composer​ ​and arranger is making his first appearance on​ ​the​ ​Canton stage.​ ​Biggs’ talent was discovered in his teens and he traveled​ ​with the popular Motown Review. He played trumpet​ ​for The Temptations, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas,​ ​Smokey​ ​Robinson and others.​ ​His skills as an exceptional trumpeter are continuously​ ​being​ ​recognized. Local and National commendations​ ​have come to Biggs for his many contributions to​ ​jazz.

Gerard Gibbs and RYZ take the Canton stage with​ ​their contemporary jazz sound. He knows his way​ ​around multiple instruments and can mesmerize even the​ ​most dedicated jazz musicians with​ ​his playful tactful​ ​approach to the keyboard.​ ​He entertains nationally on the concert circuit along with​ ​sax men Marion Meadows, Ronnie Laws and James​ ​Carter. Gibbs is also part of the​ ​contemporary jazz group​ ​Pieces of Dream. He plays keyboards in his group RYZ​ ​(pronounced RISE).​ ​The group’s recording “Livin’& Learnin” was their first​ ​as Gerard Gibbs & REORGAN’YZ​ ​(RYZ). Gibbs has​ ​a project dedicated to his son entitled, “Blues for Tyler”​ ​Gibbs seems to be all over the world and Canton is​ ​pleased to be able to catch him for one night this year,​ ​you do not want to miss it.

Greg Nagy, a multi-faceted artist is making his​ ​first appearance on the Canton stage. His songwriting,​ ​singing and guitar playing are infused with soul, R&B,​ ​rock and gospel. Recognized​ ​and awarded by many,​ ​Nagy now brings a personal blend of original blues, soul,​ ​and R&B you need​ ​to hear to understand.​ ​His release Stranded is an eclectic blend and continues​ ​to win Nagy​ ​international attention and acclaim.​ ​Stranded spent 14 weeks as Number One and seven​ ​consecutive months in The Top Ten on the Root Music​ ​Soul/R&B charts.​ ​Greg’s concert will be an​ ​exciting musical departure for​ ​Canton Jazz concert goers with vocal interpretations of​ ​soul and R&B​ ​lingering in your head long after you’re​ ​home. Nagy is not to be missed.
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