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Jazz tribute to Sugarfoot Bonner

8/15/2014, 6 a.m.
The late funk pioneer Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner of the Ohio Players will be honored at an Aug. 16 jazz/funk throwdown ...
Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner of the Ohio Players (above) died in 2013. The Aug. 16 jazz/funk tribute includes saxophonist Derwin Daniels and vocalist Anita Canada.

The late funk pioneer Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner of the Ohio Players will be honored at an Aug. 16 jazz/funk throwdown fundraiser on the grounds of Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in Lithonia.

Ohio Players saxophonist Derwin Daniels has pulled the band back together with keyboardist Earl Fleming plus Marvin Pryor and Nelson Render of PR Experience band. They will play favorites and numbers from their upcoming jazz projects followed by a funk-filled tribute to Sugarfoot Bonner, who died in 2013 at age 70.

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Kathy Keeley

Jazz vocalist Anita Canada also is scheduled to perform. Her influences range from Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Frank Sinatra to Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Bob Dylan. Her style and delivery have been compared to the late, great Phyllis Hyman.

The event, which starts at 7 p.m., is “lawn seating” and music fans are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, and food and beverages. There also will be food vendors, and parking is free.

The church is at 1786 Wellborn Road. For tickets and more information, call Steve Claiborne at 404-358-3780.