Jazz, R&B, & a Lot of Soul Stirs the Crowd at Serra’s Dine and Dance


Jania Foxworth as Shirley and LaMarr Deuce Lubin as Leon in “I Can’t Turn You Loose.”

I Can’t Turn You Loose, based on the classic songs produced by the legendaryMemphis music label, Stax Records, stirred and uplifted the crowd at Serra’s Dine and Dance, a supper club, while offering a beautiful memorial tribute to the writer/brainstormer Tony Brewer. The community sang and swayed along to this original show, set in an R&B night club scene circa ‘60s and ‘70s, which hosted the greatest soul music ever to grace the stage. The story centers on singer Leon Truedeau (LaMarr Deuce Lubin). A ladies’ man, he is smitten by one in particular, Shirley Wilson (Jania Foxworth).

A dynamic instrumental of “Can’t Turn You Loose” was performed, based on the vocal version by Otis Redding, played by the band: John Haynes, Bass; Greg Brown, Drums; John Depatie, Guitar; and John Steinreich, Keyboards. Following were renditions of the classic faves, “Shake,” “Mr. Big Stuff,” “B-A-B-Y,” and “In the Midnight Hour.” The most moving piece was “Sweet Soul Music,” based on the song by Stax artist Arthur Conley, adding original lyrics as well.

Performers Viva Vinson as Tammy; Chantel Deniese as Regina; and Jania Foxworth sang songs filled with poetry, emotion, grace, and style. Combined with the great lyrics and accompanied by the talented band, this trio sang popular songs. The “Be a Man” number was a particular standout, based on “What a Man,” by Stax artist Linda Lyndell, new lyrics and melody by the sensational, highly gifted vocalist Chantel Deniese. The entire ensemble in I Can’t Turn You Loose has big things in store for them, as they wow the crowds of today, just like their predecessors, The Kings of Soul!

For more info on I Can’t Turn You Loose visit www.jdsentertainment.net or call (818) 384-6326.

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