Thomasville Times Enterprise


January 30, 2014

Local evening of gospel, jazz set at Center for the Arts

THOMASVILLE — CM and Charm announces “An Evening of Gospel and Jazz.”

The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Thomasville Center for the Arts, 600 E. Washington St.

The concert will feature music of Los Angeles-based recording artist Laval W. Belle and his band. Belle is a respected veteran of the music industry. He also is a playwright, an author and a minister. His latest CD — “Heritage” — is on sale.

Belle previously produced two gospel jazz albums, “Free” and “From This Moment On.”

As an accomplished musician, Belle has performed with several well-known artists, such as Bette Midler, Andrae' Crouch, George Benson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Barry White, Aretha Franklin, Kirk Franklin, Billy Preston, Paul Jackson Jr., Donnie McClurkin, Karen Briggs and many others.

Internationally renowned violinist Karen Briggs also will perform at the “Evening of Gospel and Jazz” as a special guest.

Born in New York City, Briggs grew up in Portsmouth, Va. After attending Norfolk State University, she spent several years playing with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. From there, she was a four-time Amateur Night winner at New York City’s world-famous Apollo Theater.

In 1991, Briggs auditioned for Yanni and subsequently spent the next 13 years touring the world and recording with him. Throughout those years, Briggs has used her musical gifts in genres ranging from classical to gospel to jazz to R&B.

She has performed with such musical luminaries as Chaka Khan, Stanley Clarke, Patrice Rushen and En Vogue. She is known for her improvisational, eclectic style. Briggs has released three albums of her own material: “Karen,” Amazing Grace” and “Soulchestral Groove.”

 Those interested in learning more about Laval Belle should go to his website: Additional information about Karen Briggs can be found at

General admission tickets, which are $20, are available online at, at Rayann’s Christian Bookstore, 214 S. Broad St., and by phone at 1-888-867-7977.

People interested in volunteering with the Thomasville Center for the Arts, seeking to become a member or desiring to know about its schedule of upcoming events can call 229-226-0588 or go to its website:


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