June 16, 2013

Maria Howell and The Mose Davis Trio will be featured at the 6th Annual Patron of the Year Party.

The Creative Arts Guild celebrates its sixth annual Patron of the Year Party on Friday at 7 p.m. and will honor its founders as part of the 50th anniversary celebration.

The event will begin with cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres on the Spigel Pavilion with the dedication of 11 new sculptures in the newly formed Founders Garden. The evening will continue in the Jonas Performance Hall with dinner catered by The Dalton Depot and entertainment by Maria Howell and The Mose Davis Trio.

“If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing the incredible piano playing of Mose Davis and the fabulous vocals of Maria Howell, then this is your opportunity,” Guild Director Terry Tomasello said, adding, “It truly is going to be a great celebratory evening at the Guild plus a lot of fun!”

Tickets are available at the Guild for $55 per person.

Throughout her career, Howell has shared the musical stage with legendary artists like Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh. After a very successful stint in Asia, Howell relocated back to the U.S. and performed weekly at the Sambuca Jazz Café in Atlanta for nine consecutive years beginning in 2002 to its closing in December 2010.

She and pianist Bill Wilson (son of legendary jazz pianist Teddy Wilson) held the distinction of being the longest running act at the Atlanta location. She has released several CD recordings, with the most recent release titled “Reflections,” a retrospective collection.

As an actress, Howell has appeared in Lifetime’s hit shows “Army Wives” and “Drop Dead Diva,” the CW’s “Vampire Diaries,” Fox’s “Past Life,” ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7,” Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls,” “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne,” as well as the acclaimed theatrical release “The Blind Side,” starring Sandra Bullock. She also worked alongside Mario Van Peebles and Wendy Raquel Robinson in BET’s hit series “The Game,” Queen Latifah’s “Single Ladies” and USA’s hit show “Necessary Roughness,” starring Calli Thorne.

She played Jules’ doctor (Cameron Diaz) in “What To Expect When You’re Expecting,” and in the role of Mrs. Easle in the ABC Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie “Firelight,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr.

She now joins the regular cast of the hit TV series “Revolution” on NBC.

Her 2013 theatrical releases will include “Addicted,” starring Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe, and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” as “Seeder.” She now joins the cast of “Devious Maids” as attorney Ida Hayes.

The lead singer of the Jazz Trio, Mose Davis, says, “My name is Mose … and you can call me Mose.” That quote from Davis can be heard on Hamilton Bohannon’s hit record “Let’s Start the Dance.” The tune is a smoking-hot club classic and the quote cuts through the clutter and camouflage of funk wannabes, to reveal a pure fact — Mose is Mose.

Before Stevie Wonder, before Bernie Worrell, there was Mose Davis pushing the frontiers of funk with his use of the organ as the source of the bass line during the late 1960s.

And if imitation is the highest form of flattery, then Mose Davis has been flattered by the best. And some of the biggest names in hip-hop have sampled a sip of Mose’s musical brew, including Snoop, Mary J. Bilge and Queen Latifah.

Tickets are still available by calling the Guild at (706) 278-0168. For more information, visit the Guild’s website at www.creativeartsguild.org.


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