Harlan Jefferson (www.harlanjefferson.com) ranks among the Midwest’s most noteworthy and sought-after jazz musicians. His concerts weave instrumental virtuosity, creativity and stylistic diversity to create an unforgettable experience for listeners.
Harlan’s influences include blues, jazz, R&B, gospel, and hip hop. Taught music by his father, A.Z. Jefferson Jr., Harlan began performing at the age of 10. By the time he was in junior high school and active in bands, he became known locally as the “National Anthem Player,” performing at college, semi-pro and pro ball games in Rockford, Chicago, Milwaukee and surrounding suburbs. Harlan has performed at numerous prestigious venues across the country, and his recordings have been featured by DJs, sports organizations (including the Chicago Bears), TV and radio.
At 7 p.m., Jan. 17, Spring Creek UCC, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, welcomes Harlan to its auditorium for a concert of gospel music celebrating the life, work and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Seating is limited to 225 guests, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Admission is free at all concerts, although attendees are encouraged to make donations to the performers and buy their CDs. Refreshments, including pizza by Mama Mia’s, will be available. Free parking is accessible from Spring Brook Road, just north of the intersection of Spring Creek and Spring Brook roads.
From the Jan. 14-20, 2015, issue