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Dante Production

As you know Black Men In America.com the premiere on-line magazine has been following A Dante Production and they blaze into North Central FL. Well things got interesting, something new called COVID-19 made everything come to a sudden STOP. The CEO/CVO went into a mode of revamping to adjust to a new method of operation so the adjustment could be made to meet the New Normal, whatever that is.

 JAW concert promotions wanted to feed the people that are really impacted by COVID-19 because food has become a major issue. Therefore, The Dante CEO/CVO contacted the Halifax Urban Ministries in Daytona Beach to discuss providing food for those that are encountering financial problems. So, a concert is established in Sept. that will help with food for the hungry.

Feed-a-Family Homeless Prevention Program distributes over 500 tons of food each year to help families living below the poverty line who often struggle with hunger, nutrition, and food insecurity. We consider this to be our “first line of defense” in preventing homelessness. If we can reduce a family’s grocery bill they will have more funds to pay for rent, utilities, and other household expenses. HUM also provides financial help through prescription, utility & rent assistance and offers referrals and case management to families on the road to self-sufficiency.

The Dante roster has grown as preparations were underway for the 2020 and 2021 season. However, no additional items had to be added for a new musical platform to include Pay 2 View (P2V), which is virtual concerts. Life can only be understood backward; but it must be lived forwards. So, the new normal must be understood before the venture begins.

September 18, 2020

Show planned included Jazz on the Green featuring the Chris Clarke Trio and the new singing sensation Ms. Scherezada Morales (aka “Schery.”)

Let me tell you about the TRIO:  Chris Clarke

A native Jamaican, Clarke was raised and educated in New York, where he studied classical piano at Julliard and jazz at The Manhattan School of Music.  He later attended Berklee School of Music, Boston before joining the U. S. Army. The Trio is only one of the new additions to Dante Production.

 DIMAS SANCHEZ BIO Dimas Sanchez is a drummer and percussionist who integrates elements of Puerto Rican folklore with Jazz, Blues, and other musical styles.

RANDY BORDON (BORN SEPTEMBER 5, 1988) IS A CUBAN MULTI-GENRE BASS-PLAYER LIVING IN TAMPA, FLORIDA. HE STARTED HIS CAREER WHIT 18 YEARS OLD BY GETTING ACCEPTED AT THE CONSERVATORY AMADEO ROLDAN IN HAVANA, CUBA. HE SPEND FOUR YEARS AT THE CONSERVATORY STUDYING CLASSIC UPRIGHT BASS WITH SEVERAL TEACHER FROM THE NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.

Ms. Scherezada Morales

 Schery is a versatile vocalist/performer based in Orlando, Schery’s background is wide-ranging, performing in musical theater productions from a young age to currently performing oldies, Top 40 pop, salsa, Latin/tropical, big band, classical and “a cappella” music. She has performed at SeaWorld, Disney, The Holy Land Experience, Cuba Libre, Universal City walk, Bongos, Blue Martini, The Breakers, Rock Dinner Show, and retirement communities throughout Central Florida. Schery’s love of jazz standards & show tunes has led her to join Dante Productions for today’s performance. 

October

The Oct. show will go on! This show will honor many frontline people who work at Advent Hospital, Fish Memorial, Deltona Fl.  These courageous people deal with all medical issues including COVID-19. One of the Dante Divas Ms. Lois Williams is a new retiree from Advent Hospital, so this is her farewell show as an employee.

The lineup is Ms. Daphne Cooper, Ms. Lois William, Dante’s Pride and of course AJAY is our MC.

Daphne Cooper

Daphne’s musical journey began in Orlando, Florida at the age of 8 in the church children’s choir. As she continued her education, she became a member of the Jones High School choir. It was here that she developed her musical tastes and interests.

Daphne then served as a Military Police Officer for the United States Army. While in the military Daphne shared her gift as a member of the Army Entertainment USA Express Top 40 Band. She embarked on a one-year international tour entertaining armed forces personnel, civilians, and distinguished guests around the world.

Daphne is a multi-talented vocalist who can not only sing but dance, read music and teach. She has a college education in music performance and uses her skills to perform for several different venues, including working with a multitude of bands and musicians across the globe. Ms. Cooper has been bringing her sultry, witty, crowd-pleasing lines and comedic persona to the many stages in the Orlando and surrounding areas for over 10 years.

Daphne has won awards and scholarships for her talents and continues to pay it forward by teaching young children the art of music.

There is no doubt that once you see her electrifying performance you will have an irresistible urge to stand to your feet and groove to the music. Her versatility is unmatched and her captivating, high-energy performances transport audiences back in time, to a place where there are no limits and all things are possible.

Daphne is as intriguing off stage as on and you will never be the same after you simply catch a glance.

Have ever heard the expression “Finding of a DIAMOND”. Daphne has an unbelievable musical future.

Lois Williams

Lois Clarke-Williams was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She started singing at a tender age with her 6 siblings. She was drawn to the Motown, R & B, Jazz, Blues, and pop sounds of the ’50s, ’60s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Her love of music and natural gift to sing, drew her to join bands that allowed her to travel as far as Canada. We found Lois singing karaoke in Debary Fl. Lois started being a Dante Diva singing the classics that people still love. Now since Lois has retired from Advent Hospital, Fish Memorial in Deltona, Fl her focus will be her singing which she really enjoys.

AJAY

Our APOLLO trained Master of Ceremony

The Apollo was the central theatre on Harlem’s main commercial street, and its position reflects its central role in Harlem’s culture. Designed by New York architect George Keister, the building was leased by Jules Hurtig and Harry Seamon and opened as Hurtig and Seamon’s New (Burlesque) Theater. After a few years, it was purchased by a competitor and renamed the 125th Street Apollo Theater. The district surrounding the building was opened up during the 1910s to African Americans making the Great Migration out of the South, and in the 1920s Harlem was transformed into a black residential and commercial area.

AJAY is a native New Yorker and after spending many nights at the APOLLO, AJAY decided to strike out and make a name for himself. After moving to Florida, AJAY spent many weekends entertaining people from Deltona to Daytona Beach. AJAY joined Dante Production in 2019 and has thrilled many audiences.

We have a decision to make. Either we can wait to see what the NEW NORMAL will be or we can be a part of developing the NEW NORMAL. The staff of Dante wants to be on the side of developing the NEW NORMAL.

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without considering not only the world as it is but the world as it will be.

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