He’s at it again! Mr. C at Patriots’ Gateway

Well, it’s been a while since we checked in on Carl Cole, Rockford’s musical genius, instructor, composer, and performer. Benefitting Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Cole and an array of his usual performers will host an afternoon of jazz, gospel, soul and other genres of music Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Patriots’ Gateway Center.

Titled “Thanks for the Memories,” the presentation will be a “sentimental journey of life, love and music” with a cast of thousands—well, not really. Six official performers will join Cole on stage, but he always manages to bring out some surprise guests.

Bill Doll (clarinet/vocals), Julian Swain (dance/vocals), Angie Fellows (vocals), Frances Williams (dance), Frank Guzzardo (trumpet/vocals) and John Sellers (drums/vocals) are the lineup. Cited as “senior artist performers,” one can assume they are legally senior citizens (hence the “Thanks For the Memories” theme), but that hardly means anything, as music lovers know that music has no age.

Followers of Cole’s performances know that his concerts are eclectic and always enjoyable. There should be quite an array of jazz standards from the early days, as well as traditional gospel-jazz crossover tunes.

With members of the Rockford Jazz Society (Guzzardo and Doll) included, the event guarantees to please. With incredible dance work by the legendary Swain and Williams, “Thanks for the Memories” will have something for everyone. If you’re not too “into” jazz or soul, expand your horizons and make it down to The Patriots’ Gateway Center this Saturday. It will be well worth it.

The show starts at 2 p.m., and tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. The money always goes to a great cause. For more information, call LSSI Program Coordinator Ruth Fairchild at 967-0413.

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