Homewood, IL–(ENEWSPF)– On a typical evening, patrons of the Caribou Coffee in Homewood can be found studying with their peers, working on their laptop, or relaxing on an oversized chair with a latte. On the first Friday of every month, the popular coffee house transforms into a jazz club, packing in music lovers from across the south suburbs.
The Prairie State College (PSC) jazz students have been delighting enthusiastic audiences with jazz favorites as well as improvisational numbers for the last several months at the Caribou Coffee venue.
“One of the most magical things to witness is people around jazz because their moods instantly transform,” said Chris Ussery, an instructor at PSC who leads the Friday night jam session. “This concert brings the community together for fun and entertainment.”
Tina Clegg, of Homewood, has followed the PSC jazz bands for several years. Clegg and her friends often arrive early to Caribou Coffee to claim seats in front of the band.
“This concert is the perfect thing to do on a Friday night,” said Clegg. “I love the congeniality of the group; they make you feel like you’re a part of the family.”
Angela Newsome, of Lynwood, attended her first performance at the coffee house by “accident.”
“I planned to study, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a concert,” said Newsome, a nursing student a PSC. “Music is good for the soul, and it’s the energy I needed to study.”
Saxophonist S.D. Morgan, of Chicago Heights, enjoys performing with the group because it brings together musicians of all ages.
“Both the young and old perform together, broadening our reach as musicians,” said Morgan.
The next concert is Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. Caribou Coffee is located at 2010 W. 183rd St., Homewood. One drink minimum purchase is required to attend the concert. For a complete schedule of musical offerings, visit prairiestate.edu/music/newsevents.html.