Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Good News: City will still get
dose of jazz

        The city of Cincinnati has decided that citizens need jazz about this time of the year.

        For the last 40 years, jazz fans in Cincinnati have looked forward to the jazz festival that became known worldwide with such stars as Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Joe Williams and Count Basie.

        But because of the boycott by the United Black Front, this year's festival was postponed.

        Last month Cincinnati City Council approved a motion for $25,000 to instead support Jazz and Heritage Festival, July 28 to Aug. 4.

        WCIN talk show host Courtis Fuller, a former television anchor and an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Cincinnati, is producing the new festival.

        “I don't think we should let a 40-year tradition slip away from us,” Mr. Fuller said. “The support of the mayor is key to the festival's success.”

        Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken took the lead in getting council support.

        “The city is excited to support an event that will showcase our great local talent,” the mayor said.

        While the new festival will be smaller, it will be more diversified, Mr. Fuller said. It will feature a series of concerts in Over-the-Rhine, Walnut Hills, Hyde Park, Mount Adams, West End, Bond Hill, Carthage,Forest Park and Springdale.

        The festival will showcase local talents Wilbert Longmire, the Blue Wisp Band, Henry Benefield, Eugene Goss, Bill Caffie, Art Gore, Mike Wade, Kevin Engel, the Cohesion Jazz Ensemble, the CCM Faculty Jazz Ensemble, Eddie Love's Big Band, and Kat hy Wade.

        For information, call 281-7180 or 821-0641.

        If you want to swing your golf clubs and for a good cause, sign up for the Green Benefit Golf Scramble for Hospice of Northern Kentucky, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 29 at the Triple Crown Country Club, Union, Ky.

        Dick Von Hoene, host of ICN 6's Northern Kentucky Magazine on Insight Cable, will be there, and so will his colleague, producer Tawana Thomas. Carol Skawinski, community development coordinator for the hospice, said they need more foursomes and hole-in-one green sponsors.

        For information, call (859) 441-6332 or (800) 200-5408.

        The largest single-day corporate work group will pay a visit to Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity today, lending a helping hand in five neighborhoods.

        Tim Sheehan, development director for Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity, said 150 Marathon Ashland Petroleum employees will work from 2:30 to 7 p.m.

        “We have lots of work for them,” Mr. Sheehan said.

        The employees will assist in construction and help clear lots for two habitat homes to be built in Over-the-Rhine, a part of the downtown revitalization project.

        Allen Howard's “ Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. He can be reached at 768-8362, at ahowardenquirer.com or by fax at 768-8340.

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