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Comedy, jazz at Crescent Lounge

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Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 4:30 am

Stand-up comedy and live jazz combine on this weekend’s lineup at Killeen’s Crescent Lounge.

Saturday’s Comedy Night is hosted by Griff “2 Trillion,” a 19-year veteran comedy performer. Speaking from his home in Atlanta, Ga., he stressed his bond with Killeen’s military workforce: “My father and brothers served, and I’ve got two sons in the armed forces. This show is important to me because of the closeness I feel for the Fort Hood family.”

T. Ray Sanders is billed as the headliner of the show. “T-Ray is flying in from Cincinnati to do this performance, and he’s got extensive television credits,” Griff said. “We also will feature an up-and-coming mystery comic from Austin, so this is a great opportunity to meet and greet him before he’s famous.”

An open mic session for comedic newbies will take place before the two-hour show’s 9 p.m. curtain time, according to Crescent co-owner Kevin Williams. “I’ve known Griff for years, and’s he’s a true professional — this will be like a reunion.”

“Everybody needs to laugh,” Griff said, “like it says in Proverbs, laughter’s good for the soul.”

Completing the Easter weekend’s Crescent two-fer is Killeen’s resident jazz group, Dr. Gleam. The band is a condensed edition of Swingtime Big Band, from which its musicians are drawn, and is fresh off last weekend’s big dance and concert at the Cultural Activities Center in Temple.

“It’s always a treat to return to our Killeen home, the Crescent Lounge,” said percussionist Ed Hernandez, Harker Heights. “We’ve been playing there for three years, and there’s always a hip vibe in the room.”

The group’s repertoire features “straight ahead jazz classics, bebop, fusion and funk,” Hernandez said, with “lots of beautiful sounds and awesome improvisations.”

“Dr. Gleam has a constantly evolving musical signature,” said pianist Les Young. “We’ve got a half-dozen new selections to unveil Sunday, and it’s one of our goals to keep the performances fresh and exciting.”

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