Jazz parlor series to feature Beaufort vocalist Jan Spencer

Special to Lowcountry LifeFebruary 15, 2013 

Beaufort jazz vocalist Jan Spencer


  • Valentine's Celebration of the Lowcountry Parlor Jazz Series

    WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday; a pre-concert reception will start at 4 p.m. with refreshments. A light meal will be served after the concert.

    WHERE: CreateWhole Wellness Services, 974 Sam's Point Road, Lady's Island

    COST: $25; reservations required

    DETAILS: verojoy@createwhole.com; 347-526-5116; www.createwhole.com

Joyce Chavers and Veronica Lynch are bringing a little Harlem Renaissance to the Lowcountry in honor of Valentine's Day this weekend.

The founders of CreateWhole Wellness Services are hosting a jazz parlor at their Lady's Island location as part of the organization's mission to nourish the body, mind and soul.

The group's jazz parlor will be reminiscent of Harlem, N.Y., in the 1930s and 1940s, when people would gather in their brownstones to share art and music with each other, Chavers said.

"We wanted to bring the flavor down because we're from New York," she said.

The event will feature local singer Jan Spencer, who recently released the album "Home Again."

Spencer's style is described as a mix between Norah Jones and Bill Withers.

"People say my voice is like chocolate, rich chocolate," Spencer said.

Spencer grew up in Detroit listening to jazz at home and singing gospel in church. She played instruments in high school and studied piano in college.

When she visited a friend in Beaufort, she decided to make the Lowcountry her home.

Her concert will feature her original music and some covers, she said.

CreateWhole hosted a similar event in December.

"The first one went well; we thought we'd do it again," Chavers said.

During the December event, guests started participating and singing on their own.

"This time, we've invited musicians and people who come to bring their poetry and songs and instruments," Spencer said. "It just happened spontaneously last time."

The location has three floors, Spencer said. The bottom floor has a grand piano, and the second floor is where the concert will take place.

"People that we've known for years sat down at the piano and started playing. There was a spontaneous eruption of great music," she said.

During the wine and cheese reception before the concert, guests are welcome to share their talents. After Spencer's show, guests will enjoy a "delicious, beautiful spread of food," Spencer added.

"We can just eat and drink and be merry," she said. "Last time, we met all kinds of people who we didn't know before. People just got to mix and mingle in a very different way from what you have in the Lowcountry."

CreateWhole Wellness Services is a holistic services center. The mission of the organization is to "teach people about the power of food as nourishment."

However, as Chavers said, the group also preaches a life of nourishing both physical needs and mental needs.

"We teach how to incorporate all the components of whole living," she said. "The Parlor Jazz is the piece that feeds the soul."

Chavers said they plan to continue the series with another event in either March or April.


CreateWhole Wellness Services

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