Saturday, July 11, 2015
Trevarri Huff-Boone and band at June Phillips' restaurant, Crystal Stairs, 601 Texas St, Sat, July 11, 7:30 pm
With Justice Jackson on drums, fresh from a year in music studies at ULL, Lafayette, and O'Koyea Huff-Boone, a multi-talented drummer and older brother of Tevarri, the audience is going to have a finger-snapping rhythmic time at Crystal Stairs Restaurant tonight, July 11. From church to funk to complex jazz, Justice and O'Koyea are on time.
Trevarri Huff-Boone has created a group that I call the Best Young Players. On keyboards is Erick Coleman, also a college student. Erick and Tre' have played so many jobs together that they can finish each other's musical sentences.
Also on keys, Eric Crawford. And on bass, the super fingered Lakendric "Scooter" Davis. They begin at 7:30 pm. Highly, highly recommended for Coltrane-style jazz as well as some blues and r&b. $10 at the door.
Crystal Stairs Restaurant, 601 Texas St, is the domain of retired Southern University-Shreveport professor June Phillips and her son, Rod Phillips. The Times' Melody Brumble wrote about them and found that "the restaurant's name comes from Langston Hughes' poem "Mother to Son." Added Philips, "I teach African-American literature. I'm still doing two classes at the university." "The mother in that poem says, 'Life for me ain't been no crystal stair."