Niagara Gazette

February 14, 2013

Taylor Made Jazz performs free at Y'vonne's Cafe Saturday

Staff reports
Night & Day

Night & Day — A free jazz concert by a group known for its works of service, will be held at Yvonne’s Cafe in Niagara Falls.

Taylor Made Jazz is known locally for supporting charities of all types and small emerging businesses that support live entertainment. In 2009, band leader Van Taylor created Concert From the Heart and the group Performed with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to benefit the Buffalo city Mission and the Food Bank of Western New York. A similar concert in 2010 benefitted the Food Bank of WNY.

The group’s current global project is called the Hunger Project and proceeds from their album “Agape: The hunger Project” will benefit this organization that supports the education of people to learn to feed themselves and improve overall life condition on their own through education. More information on the project can be found at  

Since the first version of the band appeared in the region in 1987, members have also performed for troops and allies overseas through the Armed Servics Foundation.

Today’s band consists of vocalists Joyce Wilson Nixon and Melissa Kate and Kenny Berry, along with drummers Mike Crimes, Lemeul Bryant and Robert Garrett’ guitarists Jeff Nixon and Nelson Thomas; bassists Richie Valentino and Jerry Sampson; trumpeter Brian Freeman and keyboardist Van Taylor.

Yvonne’s Bakery and Café was opened by Lakea Strong to honor her grandmother, Yvonne Ennis, who was known for her beautiful cake designs and commitment to service for her clients. Yvonne’s Bakery & Café’s atmosphere is one of love, servitude and spirituality.

 The free concert will be held at 9 p.m. Saturday at the cafe, located at 449 Third St. in Niagara Falls. 

IF YOU GO • WHAT: Free jazz concert by Taylor Made Jazz • WHERE: Yvonne's Bakery and Cafe, 449 Third Street, Niagara Falls • WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday • FOR MORE INFO: Call Lakea Strong at Yvonne's Bakery and Cafe at 285-5200