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Steppin' out for Dimock Announces Full Artist Lineup


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Dimock Community Health Center Announces
Twentieth Anniversary of Steppin' Out Celebration
Saturday, November 3
At The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel
Tickets on sale now

Boston, MA--Dimock Community Health Center today announced the full lineup of performing artists that will join guitarist/vocalist GEORGE BENSON at the celebration of Dimock's 20th Annual Steppin' Out fundraising event. This year's “Steppin' Out at the Emerald Ball" will take place at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel [425 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210] on Saturday, November 3 from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 am. The elegant pre-gala reception, dinner and performance by George Benson will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., for Star Patrons only.

Staged to mimic Boston's legendary and historic jazz clubs of the '30s through today, this one-of-a-kind charity music-fest-party attracts more than 3,000 of the city's glitterati for an evening of music, dancing, food, cocktails, friends and fun.

Sony Urban Music Columbia Recording Artist Vivian Green, whose critically acclaimed debut album, A Love Story, is a soul classic, will take the stage in the young professionals dance room. Grammy nominated, American Music Award-winning vocalist Freddie Jackson,who has dominated R&B with eleven #1 singles on the Billboard charts, will perform on the big stage following George Benson in the Grand Ballroom. His contributions include such era-defining classics as “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times' Sake)," “You Are My Lady," “Tasty Love," “Nice 'n' Slow" and “Love Me Down."

Other newly announced performers appearing in various “nightclubs" include jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut, jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco and his Quartet, jazz singer Rebecca Parris and her trio, Latin percussionist Tito Puente, Jr. and his Orchestra, guitarist Chuck Loeb & saxophonist Eric Marienthal [performing together with their band], singer Ed Reed and The Peck Allmond Quartet, Anthem Reggae Band, singer Vivian Male and her group, saxophonist Myanna and her band, smooth jazz saxophonist Andre Ward and his ensemble and the extraordinary Samurai drumming group, Master Tsuji Samurai Taiko. Back again also after several years hiatus will be Boston's R&B party band Motown Express with Wannetta Jackson, Frank Wilkins, Pat Loomis and Herman Johnson.

In addition, Steppin' Out always offers one very popular Gospel room. That room will be hopping this year with the sounds of The South Central Mass Choir, the Psalmists from the Greater Faith Worship Center, Jerome Kyles & the Levitical Singers from Morning Star Baptist Church and David from Bethel AME Church.

Tickets at $100.00 [seniors], $200.00 [general admission] and $350.00 [Star Patron tickets] are on sale now. Star Patron tickets can ONLY be purchased at Dimock Community Health Center. General admission tickets can be purchased via Ticketweb, by phone at 866-468-7619 and directly at Dimock Community Health Center located at 55 Dimock Street, Roxbury. General admission tickets are also available at Allan's Formalwear, A Nubian Notion and Bob's Southern Bistro.

This year's gala will celebrate the history and the legacy of this remarkable Boston fundraising institution. Over the 20 years of its existence, Steppin' Out has presented some of the biggest names in jazz, R&B and Latin music. Founded in 1987, it was Dimock's fantastic vision to have major jazz artists performing in many “nightclubs" all under one roof--while gala attendees in sequins and tuxes danced the night away and listened to great music.

In addition to the artists mentioned above, Steppin' Out is again holding their Talent Search, Steppin' Out with the Stars. In an effort to encourage new talent, one emerging jazz, R&B or Latin musical artist or group is chosen from tens of entries to perform at Steppin' Out. Tonight, the final competition takes place at Scullers Jazz Club [DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston]. One artist or group will be chosen from among several finalists. The finalists, narrowed down from all the submissions by a team of Steppin' Out judges, will each perform two to three songs at Scullers, beginning at 7:30 p.m. A second panel of celebrity judges will then determine which artist or group will join the 2007 Steppin' Out lineup.

Steppin' Out for Dimock is Boston's liveliest and most highly anticipated annual gala fundraising event. Steppin' Out will transport this year's partiers to a world of toe- tapping, head bopping music; the diverse group of party goers' snappy suits and fancy dress have given Steppin' Out its reputation for great people-watching. Partiers will be dazzled by the array of nationally-recognized jazz headliners who set toes a-tapping and lift audience members out of their seats to join the crowd dancing in the aisles!

As with all years prior, proceeds from the 20th Steppin' Out Gala will go to support Dimock Community Health Center's many health and human services programs. Established in 1862 as the New England Hospital for Women and Children, Dimock has been an enduring presence in the Roxbury community for 145 years. Since it became a Community Health Center in 1969, Dimock has become a national model for delivering high quality health care and innovative “wrap-around" programming, and has helped improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals and families throughout Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan.

NECN is the official television network of Steppin' Out for Dimock 2007

This story appears courtesy of Sue Auclair Promotions.
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