By Natasha Simone Ferguson
Photos by Photos Onsight Studio
Amos Temple CME Church in Riverside, Calif. held its Inaugural Jazz Gospel Celebration, which exceeded Senior Pastor Marrix Seymore’s expectations with a sold out first event. Over 200 attendees enjoyed an evening of great entertainment, delicious dinner and fellowship. A picturesque background of a warm summer sunset offered the perfect backdrop. Guests arrived dressed in their best white attire greeted by host and master of ceremony, Bill Vincent. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments were served and silent auction tables with beautiful baskets were elegantly displayed. As the evening got underway the melodious sounds of featured jazz band, Tristan Johnson & The Jazz Company Quartet filled the air and was a treat for all to hear. The celebration continued with an anointed performance by gospel soloist Ms. Lois Harris-Tuggle.
The program continued after attendees dined on a mouth-watering soulful dinner with recognition of special honorees. Pastor Seymore welcomed guests and presented special awards. The Sheppard’s Award was given out to Mr. Ardis and Mrs. Christine Franklin, and Mr. Roosevelt and Mrs. Mable Butler. In addition, Mr. Michael Pyles received the Eagle’s Award.
During dessert, the eccentric wild and crazy character known to the church community as “Aunt Flossie” gave an uproaring and side-splitting gospel comedy skit performance. The success of this first time jazz gospel event can be accredited to chair Eugenia Vincent and her hardworking team of committee members. Pastor Seymore and the Amos Temple CME Church family look forward to bringing the event back next year.
Red carpet photos from the event, provided by Photos Onsight Studio, are available for viewing at www.photosonsight.smugmug.com under events.