Join VAHC Friday Night for Live Virtual R&B, Jazz and Neo-soul Performances

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Date: Friday, June 5, 2020
Time: 7 – 7:45 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Get ready for a night of quarantine-style fun as the Valencia African Heritage Committee launches the Black Music Month and Juneteenth Music Series this Friday, June 5, 2020. The first in the four-week Friday-night series is a tribute to R&B, jazz and neo-soul music.

Join our live hosts Stanton Reed, professor, business and accounting, and Faculty Association president; and Diane Reed, professor, nursing, and host of Valencia Radio’s Nurses Rock Show, for an exciting lineup of online performers including:

Saxophonist, Vocalist and Educator Naomi Joy
With a Psalmist style, Naomi Joy graces audiences with instrumental music as a saxophonist and vocalist. Naomi’s true joy is singing and performing instrumental music, performing instrumental worship, gospel, jazz and contemporary music. Naomi holds a bachelor’s music education from Florida A&M University and currently teaches orchestra, concert and jazz music as an Orange County Public Schools band and orchestra director.

Naomi will speak on the history and contributions of jazz music and will perform a special tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.

Singer, Songwriter, Producer and Alumnus Palmer Reed
Palmer Reed is a Valencia Music and Sound Technology program alumnus, as well as a professional singer, songwriter and producer. Since graduating, Palmer has worked with Evan Ross, Ashley Simpson, Adam Lambert, and Earth, Wind and Fire.

His R&B and neo-soul performance will be his original song, “Memory.”


Singer and Songwriter Deja Alise

Deja Alise is a student attending Bethune Cookman University majoring in music recording technology. She is a singer and songwriter striving for a career in entertainment and has been singing ever since she could remember.

Her R&B performance will feature her original song, “A Million.”


National Event Host, Businesswoman, Media Personality and Vocalist Tyesha Williams
Since 2014, Tyesha founded and hosts the biggest weekly open mic music showcase in Central Florida, Thursday Live Vibe.

Tyesha will speak on the history and contributions of R&B and neo-soul music.

There will also be some surprise tributes from Valencia College employees.

For additional information on the Black Music Month and Juneteenth Music Series and to access the event page, click here.

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