The annual Wine & Jazz Gala tonight to benefit Harvest Regional Food Bank swings with the smooth sounds of Candace Taylor & Trio.
Starting at 7 p.m. at Silvermoon on Broad, the gala fundraiser includes gourmet food and wine pairings, a wine pull, a silent auction with top local chefs and the artist Joseph Raymond painting a work to be auctioned.
The chefs providing tasty fare are some of Texarkana's most popular: Jennifer Tanner of Julie's Deli, Pam Elliott of Texarkana Country Club, Bri and Staley James of Twisted Fork and Bobby Duhon of Lagniappe Specialty Meats.
And when it comes to the musical side of the night's entertainment, Taylor says you'll hear straight ahead swing with songs like "Mack the Knife," a bossa nova-styled "Silly Love Songs" (by Paul McCartney), a sassy rendition of Duke Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "All the Things You Are," among other selections.
"Be prepared for a varietal presentation of jazz standards (from the 1920s to the present) performed with flair, yet layered simplicity in the instrumentation," said Taylor, whose trio consists of Allen Batts on the keyboard, Jeff Madlock on double bass and George Buckner on drums, three of the best players in town.
Traditional jazz will range from the shuffle to tango rhythms with smooth jazz that's also soulful and bluesy, Taylor said.
As the live artist, Raymond will create an abstract painting during the event, responding to the live music being performed. It will be auctioned later in the evening.
The Wine & Jazz Gala supports Harvest's mission to fight hunger in the region. The agency serves counties in Texas and Arkansas through programs like its food bank, a backpack program, mobile pantry, food rescue and emergency disaster aid.
(Tickets: $85 at the door, $75 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online at HarvestRegionalFoodBank.org, in person at the Harvest office or by calling 870-774-1398.)