Members of the group include Rene~ Koopman on keyboard, Jim Pettit on drums, Lance Williams on bass, Mike Krepper on saxaphone, and Howard Lamb on trombone and leader of The Men in Black Quintet. Featured vocalists will be JoJo Jefferies (popular vocals), and Tom Prestigiacomo (Sinatra vocals).
Lamb also is the leader of two other bands including the Sauerkraut Six (a German band), and The Beale Street Strutters (a Dixieland band). In 1992, he founded the Memphis Jazz Orchestra and also founded the first authentic Latin band in the Mid-South, known as the Orquesta Caliente.
The songs that the Men In Black Quintet will be playing include, " Fever," " Georgia," " Almost Like Being In Love," " Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby," " I've Got A Crush On You," " The Way You Look Tonight," " Unforgettable," " Them There Eyes," " Tuxedo Junction," " Why Don't You Do Right," " What A Wonderful World," " A Foggy Day," " Come Dance With Me," " Don't Worry Bout Me," " How Little We Know," " Learnin'The Blues," " The Summer Wind," " My Kind Of Town," " New York, NY," " Where Or When," " Witchcraft," " More," " Something Stupid," and "I've Got You Under My Skin."
According to members of The Friends of Music Society, there are some important changes that have taken place for this year's event. They are as follows:
* In a departure from what has always been tradition, there will be no reserved seating, group seating arrangements, or other pre-determined or assigned seating. Doors will open by 6:30 p.m., maybe earlier, and anyone who wishes to have a group at one table will be welcome to come early or if they want, may send someone else ahead, to find and claim seating for their group. Members of the Society do not anticipate any problem with this since they say that being able to see and hear will be excellent from anywhere in the room and;
* Some people may be hesitant about the parking area on Southwest Drive since entering and leaving the building will be done in the dark. According to Society members, they will provide lighting and other clues to the entrance and exit and how to proceed through the parking area. Society members plan on having help in the parking area and expect that any difficulties should be easily dealt with.
The event will be catered by Pat Mitchell's Traveling Whisk. Tickets are $25 per person and include the dinner and the show. They may be purchased directly from any of the board members or through the addresses and numbers listed.
Board members are Jack Astrachan, Anita Blackmon, Mindy Brown, Marilyn Caldwell, Glenda Deeter, Mary Lynn Jones-wright, John T. McMullan, Jules Mercier, Pamela Jones Mercier, Libby Mobley, Nancy Rogers, Bill Walsh, and Joyce Walsh.
Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies (MACAA) and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, with Challenge America funds from the National Endowment for the Arts who believes that a great nation deserves great art.