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Jazz concert to benefit mental health group

Peninsula Daily News - 4/27/2018

PORT TOWNSENDVal James and Friends will be the featured performers at 7 p.m. Thursday, a "make-up" performance for a snowed-out Candlelight Concert.

Doors will open at

6:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 609 Taylor St. Admission is a $10 donation.

The concert is a benefit for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization for people with severe and persistent mental illnesses, and their family members and friends.

Val James and her Friends will perform an array of jazz favorites from 1930s, '40s and '50s era films, including "I've Got the World on a String" and "The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea" by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, "The Lady Is a Tramp" by Rogers & Hart and a Jobim selection, "Meditation."

"I just can't get those beautiful songs out of my head," James said in a news release.

"Some of my favorite tunes will include 'Our Love is Here to Stay,' 'Girl From Ipanema,' 'Shadow of Your Smile,' 'Cheek to Cheek' and 'But Not For Me,' " she said.

"Songs that will be performed at the Thursday concert will include, 'I've Grown Accustom to His Face,' and 'Takin' a Chance on Love.' "

James' Friends who provide musical accompaniment for her jazz concert include Mark Schecter on piano, Bruce Cannavaro on bass, Tim Sheffel on drums, Rex Rice on trombone and Jack Lambton on guitar.

For information, call 360-774-1644 or email


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