Cumberland University


CU, Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society to Host Jazz Dinner

Cumberland University and the Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society will present their first-ever joint fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the University's historic Baird Chapel, officials from both organizations recently announced.

The event, a special dinner and jazz concert, is the result of a meeting between Cumberland University President Dr. Harvill C. Eaton and Peter Woolfolk, president of the Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society.

Paula James Chavis, one of Nashville's most acclaimed jazz vocalists, will provide the evening's entertainment following dinner. Chavis is a song stylist whose realm of music includes jazz, blues, gospel, secular and contemporary styles. She has worked as a background vocalist/vocal arranger for a number of well-known performers, including Ray Charles, Kenny Rogers, Sam Levine and Larry Carlton. She has also appeared with the Nashville Symphony Chorus and Nashville Symphony Holiday Pops. Chavis also counts singing during a Super Bowl half-time performance among her credits.

"When Paula performed at the 2006 Labor Day Music City Jazz & Blues Heritage Festival, she brought the thousands in attendance to their feet in a show of appreciation for her work and her incredible talent," Eaton said. "We're thrilled to partner with the Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society, and we're incredibly excited to welcome such a gifted performer to our campus."

Tickets for the Oct. 26 fundraiser are $250 per couple. Dress for the event will be business attire. All proceeds will benefit Cumberland University and the Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society. Please RSVP for the event by Oct. 17 by contacting Stephanie Walker, CU Associate Vice President for Strategic Affairs, at 615.547.1387 or