SBC Jazzy Fryday

April 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The Second Baptist Church

2412 Griffith Ave, Los Angeles CA, 90011

Join us this month for a Jazzy Fryday hosted by the Second Baptist Church's Memorial and Historical Commission! Come by for delicious fried fish, swinging music, lively company, and a historic venue! The evening features international violinist Karen Briggs, joined by Grammy-winning bassist James Leary, star drummer Quentin Dennard, and renowned pianist Rick Olson.

Karen Briggs, the star of the evening, has taken the music world by storm. She has performed with famed composer Yanni in his string orchestra, was mentored by Patrice Rushen, and was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show alongside Diana Ross! Karen is the first African American woman to have ever performed at the Herodian Theater in Athens, Greece, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. Her talent isn't only international- early in her career she was a four-time winner of "Amateur Night at the Apollo," and went on to wow crowds at Carnegie Hall. Karen is thrilled to perform at the Second Baptist Church's Jazzy Fry, and hopes you will join her there!

The Memorial and Historical Commission has been in existence since the early years of the Church. In a publication for the church's 90th Anniversary Committee, Mrs. Ola Mae Daily "stated that the Memorial and Historical Commission had existed for more than half a century at that time." During the 1930s and 1940s Mrs. Vassie Davis Wright served as the Clerk of the Church. Mrs. Wright was very mindful of African American history and in particular the history of Second Baptist Church. In 1945 Mrs. Wright helped to organize Our Authors Study Club, a book club dedicated to the African American experience. Mrs. Wright and OASC affiliated with Dr. Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), which was responsible for Negro History Week, now African American History Month. The groundwork for the Memorial and Historical Commission was set over 80 years ago and this work continues to this day.

The purpose of the committee was to prepare and read tributes and resolutions for our deceased members at their services of memory. We still write and read resolutions and tributes for the members of our congregation who have passed away.

In 1966, during the renovation of Griffith Hall, a space was allocated for an Archives Room. An Archives and Historical Commission was selected for the purpose of gathering historical materials and artifacts. Rev. U. S. Donaldson was the chairman of the committee at that time.


Quentin Dennard

Quentin Dennard started his career in the late 1960s as session drummer for Motown Records. He has performed with a multitude of music legends including Aretha Franklin, Roy Ayers, Dionne Warwick, B.B. King, Issac Hayes, Lamont Dozier, Jermaine Jackson, The Originals, Billy Mitchell, Keb Mo, and The Temptations.

Karen Briggs

Karen's over four decade career as a violinist includes an eclectic range and fusion of world musical influences.  Broadly linked by improvisation and embellishment, her

audio-visual signature has become popular and sought after for a variety of live events and recorded projects both domestic and international. Karen appears as a feature in twelve music video concerts, hundreds of featured guest recordings and has recorded four solo projects.  

James Leary

James H. Leary is a double bass player, composer, and arranger. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and studied at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He has won two Grammy Awards.


 Leary has played with the Count Basie Orchestra, Nancy Wilson,  Earl Hines, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Harris, Dizzy Gillespie with the San Francisco Pops conducted by Arthur Fiedler, Max Roach, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Johnny Hartman, Major Lance, Johnny Taylor, Esther Phillips, Rosemary Clooney, Don Shirley, and many more.

Rick Olson

Pianist Rick Olson regularly plays and composes in many styles of music including jazz, classical, pop, rock, blues, latin, and new music. He has performed with many well known and legendary jazz, rock and contemporary music musicians as a freelance piano player and keyboardist, and performs regularly throughout California and beyond.