Carol Mitchell-Faulkner would have you believe that she’s 20 years old with all the running around she does. She’s actually the mother of Justin Faulkner and Nazir Ebo, two of Philadelphia’s premier drummers. Her vision of getting guns off the street becomes even clearer each year The Community Unity Jazz Festival takes over Clark Park in West Philly. The idea is to get youth in the community to pick up instruments and to put down the guns. In a time where everyone feels the need to express their 2nd Amendment rights, and to be strapped out on the streets, these guns always seem to find their way into the wrong hands. Yes, people have the right to bare arms, but they don’t have the right to accidentally shoot a 4 year old girl in front of her house playing hopscotch. The violence is getting out of hand and Carol is actually doing something. Some talk about it, others organize, and this past weekend, organize is what she did. I got my camera and headed on down to document the day in the style that I love. You can view some of the afternoon’s highlights below this post. You must promise yourself one thing though, that you’ll read the whole thing. no peeking.
This year’s line-up was , CiaraFaye Martin (singer), Bobby Zankel & The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, Suzanne Burgess (singer), Zenia McPherson (singer), Killiam Shakespeare Band, The Universal Dance & Drum Ensemble, Clef Club Ambassador Big Band, and closing the afternoon was Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates & Troubadours. It was a hot day nonetheless with temperatures soaring into the high 90’s, but I had my lemonade and cool sounds to dial back the temps a bit. In anticipation of each following group, your ears were salivating to the point that you didn’t even know it was that hot. All in all, the day long festival brought out families and all kinds of friends out that I haven’t seen in a long time. When you hear about The Community Unity Jazz Festival next year, mark my words, you won’t be disappointed with the music, but most of all…..
MARK YOUR CALENDARS.