By A.J. Dugger III
Dr. Bobby Jones gave an electrifying performance to an enthusiastic crowd at Jazz & Jokes last Sunday, October 21. The sold-out show was a huge hit and is the first of many monthly performances by the gospel legend.
Jones is renowned for crossing gospel music over to the mainstream masses by using cable television and radio. He’s produced shows for BET since 1980 and is the host and executive producer of Bobby Jones Gospel, one of BET’s most popular programs.
Jones told the Tennessee Tribune why he decided to perform at Jazz and Jokes. “It was a good place to bring people after church on a Sunday afternoon. Church people have such a limited number of places they can go. After church, they usually go to a restaurant if they eat out, but they don’t have any entertainment.” Jones also explained that he is friends with the owner of Jazz and Jokes and is showing support to the popular smoke-free lounge.
When he hit the stage, Jones certainly lived up to public expectation. As the audience dined on fried chicken, ham, spaghetti, peach cobbler and other delicious food, Jones gave an energized performance on the stage, backed up by the NSC. (Nashville Super Choir). “Everybody that came really wanted to be there,” said Jones. “The crowd’s enthusiasm was good for the choir. The NSC has so many talented people. They were all featured.”
The singer said that people can expect a variety of music at his shows. “We do a variety of music from mainstream, contemporary gospel, traditional gospel, spiritual songs and hymns.
Jones will also have special guests sharing the stage with him each month, but those performers haven’t been picked yet. “We’re still putting them all together. Expect to see several international artists as special guests.”
Jones has a busy schedule before he returns to Jazz and Jokes next month. The Grammy award–winning gospel singer is preparing to travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica for a performance at Praize Fest.
In late December, he will travel to Italy. “We celebrate New Year’s with the Italians. We bring in the New Year singing, usually ‘Oh Happy Day.’ They love that.”
Jones will return to Jazz and Jokes on November 18 for another incredible show. “We invite the Nashville community to come see us at Jazz and Jokes. We’ll be there once a month.” For more information on Jazz and Jokes, visit jazzandjokes.com