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Compton Jazz Festival

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Yesterday with several neighboring cities celebrating their own Martin Luther King (MLK) events, the City of Compton held its “Color of Love Jazz Festival.” The event is a series of activities planned to celebrate Compton’s 125th birthday. Those who attended were rewarded with some great entertainment.

The musical group of Walton Middle School started the morning off under the direction of their music teacher Mr. George Torrentes. The Master of Ceremonies duties were handled by comedian Roy Anthony, and the Bailey Precious Sounds Jazz Band rocked the house.

And the Bobby Law & Smooth Sensation Band rounded out the live music performances and got the attendees up and dancing. In between performances was handled by DJ Qwess of Qwess Coast Productions, and comedian “Peanut” Johnson who was on his “A” game with the jokes.

The chairperson of the Jazz Fest was none other than Silky “D” Williams, Founder/Owner of Ladylike Entertainment Group. Silky is a member of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame, and a pioneer as one of the first female hip hop DJ’s from the West Coast. She has worked on radio stations such as KJLH & KDAY – and has worked with many of the top hip hop artists in the game.

Other supporters of the Jazz Fest were sponsors Pit Bull energy drink, Alexander’s Mexican Restaurant, and Mudd Duck Catering. However the umbrella group of the event is the Compton 125 Birthday Committee (aka Compton 125 Project) which was formed in May 2013 to help celebrate the City of Compton’s 125th birthday, and this writer is proud to be a member.

Rev. Charles Brown and his wife Minister Pauline Brown are the Chairpersons. The 125 committee is a group of Compton residents and community members who share a common goal: to celebrate the city’s birthday, and to foster unity, peace, and a renewed sense of pride for the City of Compton.

And finally, the events sponsored by the 125 committee cannot take place without the support of the city’s mayor, city council, administration, departments, volunteers, and community members who attend. Thank you Compton! For information on upcoming events go to the Compton 125 Project Facebook Page.

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