Jazz singer Phil Perry makes the crowd feel good with his smooth sound. (Photo by Jason Lewis)
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
The Par 3 Golf Course in Compton was filled to capacity as the City of Compton hosted the Annual Juneteenth Celebration with a jazz concert this past Saturday afternoon.
The line up was top notch, headed by Teena Marie and Jeffrey Osborne.
The event was very family friendly.
“There’s a full house and this is something that I look forward to doing because of the family orientation of the Juneteenth Celebration,” jazz singer Phil Perry said.
Families laid out their blanks on the grass and enjoyed the music as kids enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere.
This jazz concert attracts people of all ages, and they all have an appreciation of the music.
“I’m coming from a time when there wasn’t hip-hop,” Christopher “Kid” Reid of Kid N’ Play fame said. “Kids today have never known a time without it. Back then we listened to a lot of jazz and R&B. That really influenced our sound.”
Reid, who was a co Master of Ceremonies for the event, is a hip-hop legend, but he knows that sometimes jazz is what is called for.
“You know jazz is cool, it’s for when a brother wants to get smooth with it,” Reid said. “Put a little jazz on. It can’t always be about 40s and blunts.”
As great as the jazz music was, it was really the people of Compton who made this a memorable event.
“I’ve always had a great time in Compton,” Perry said. “People are people everywhere no matter what subsection or subdivision of whatever city they are from. If you vibe with them they’ll respond.”
Reid added to Perry’s sentiment.
“Compton is treating me great,” Reid said. “This is not the Compton that you’ve heard about in the past. It’s all about positive energy.”
Co Master of Ceremonies Jay Lamont, who had just stepped off the stage after performing his comedy act, summed up what every man was probably thinking.
“I love the women out here,” Reid said. “Compton is in the house!”