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Roanoke churches offer smooth jazz with a side of chocolate

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 12:01 am

Smooth jazz performer David Wells will share his music in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Sonrise Roanoke/Monson Chapel United Methodist churches, 12220 Lower Huntington Road in Roanoke.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be collected.

The concert also will be followed by a Chocolate Jazz event featuring chocolate desserts. Items are free, but donations are welcomed.

Wells, a flugelhorn and trumpet player and Grammy nominee, has built national recognition as a smooth jazz recording artist, a news release said. The Parkersburg, W.Va., native has a two-hour syndicated radio show called “Chocolate Jazz Radio” and operates at Internet radio station at, the news release said.

In addition, Wells is founder and CEO of the nonprofit Chocolate Jazz Foundation, which offers concerts as fundraising sources for other nonprofit organizations, the news release said. The foundation also encourages appreciation of all cultures through entertainment, food, education and artistic expression.

For more information about the local concert, call 1-260-410-7532.