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PLEASANTVILLE – For many who attended Pleasantville Mayor Judy M. Ward’s inaugural Sunset Jazz Festival at Lakes Bay Marina on Wednesday, August 11, the sweet sounds of live jazz music had been filling far too long ago. the open air. Viewers enjoyed the musical styles of Eddie Morgan and his band, REK’d 4 Jazz, with singer Darchele Todd, as the sun set over the bay above the Atlantic City Skyline.
In addition to enjoying the free concert, many attendees from across southern New Jersey took advantage of the delicious meal trays and light bites offered by the Soul Grill on Wheels Food Truck. Guests had been encouraged to bring their own chairs to enjoy the show, but many did not need them as the band had the crowd standing for much of the performance while playing their funky R&B selections, mixed with tunes and jazz standards. .
During a break between the group’s sets, a raffle was organized to win a wine / beverage refrigerator donated by Art Handler’s Appliance Center. Proceeds were donated to the Pleasantville Envisions Pride and Prosperity (PEPP) committee, whose mission is to promote “the pride of who we are” in Pleasantville by organizing community events throughout the year.
“Sunset Jazz was something I had wanted to do for quite some time and thought it was the right time to host an uplifting event for the residents,” said Pleasantville Mayor Judy M. Ward. “Considering the past year and all that we have been through with the pandemic, this is a safe way to socialize and have a great evening at no cost to our residents. “