Jazz dinner with noted performers, flautist Donna Wood, and pianist Gene Cothran, and a Kwanzaa presentation by Patricia McHerrin on December 12, 2008, 7 to 9 pm. Dinner is Moi Moi, lamb, organic salad, purée squash and carrot soup, served with South African wine, Ethiopian coffee and dessert. Reserve a seat online or by phone. This will be our last event of the year. Join us for a lovely evening of jazz and conversation at Africa House.

Sautéed Lamb in Fresh Ginger Sauce for December Dinner at Africa House
Sautéed Lamb in Fresh Ginger Sauce for December Dinner at Africa House

 Moi Moi for December Dinner at Africa House at Africa House
Moi Moi for December Dinner at Africa House

Event Details

When: Friday, December 12, 2008
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Cost: $40/person (RSVP Required). Limited Seating (50). First come, first serve basis.
On the Menu: Organic leafy salad with thin slices of fresh mango (tossed in a light dressing of extra virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed orange juice), Purée butternut squash, Moi Moi, a Nigerian steamed patai made with black-eyed beans, onions, and fresh bell red peppers (savory dish and very rich in protein), Thinly sliced sautéed lamb with bell green peppers mixed in a freshly grounded ginger sauce, Savannah Cheesecake, Red and White Wine (South Africa), Yirgacheffe Gourmet Coffee (Ethiopian), Filtered Water and Cranberry Juice
Note: Dinner is prepared on the day of the event using only the freshest ingredients.
Attire: Formal
Deadline to Purchase Tickets: December 11
Or call Africa House at 607-821-2540 to pay for your ticket.
All ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

 Donna Wood and Gene Cothran Live at Africa House
Donna Wood and Gene Cothran Live at Africa House
with a Kwanzaa presentation by Patricia McHerrin
December 12, 2008 (7pm - 9pm)

Donna Wood Biography

Donna Wood, FlautistDonna Wood, a noted performer and educator, is a native of Thompson, P A. She was raised in a family of artists and musicians. She holds a B.S. in Music Education and M.A. in Saxophone Performance.

Donna has a studio of forty aspiring student musicians throughout the school year, developing their skills on a variety of instruments, presenting concerts and solo recitals. She has done this for more than twenty years.

She has also written arrangements of her original compositions which have been performed in concerts and recorded by the New York Swing Exchange, the Fredonia College and Broome Community College Jazz Ensembles. Her composition "Eyesmology" was used as the title song for a cabaret show at 'Don't Tell Mama' in N. Y.C.

Her long list of credits includes her own quartet at the PA Jazz Festival, Montage Mt., PA, chamber music at the U.N. Chapel in NYC, presenting both a solo jazz flute and a violin/flute recital with Kelly Howard in Ogunquit, Maine. She has, several times, been flautist at Owego's River Rose cafe 'Teas'. She is the flautist with Trio Barocco of Tunkhannock, PA. Donna is a past president of, and frequent performer with the Harmony Club of Binghamton. She is a past member of the Binghamton Symphony, Cider Mill Playhouse and TiAhwaga Players Orchestras.

Gene Cothran Biography

Gene Cothran, Noted Jazz PianistGene Cothran is originally from Philadelphia, PA and he has lived in the Triple Cities since 1971 when he started at IBM. He has a classical background in music but loves blues and jazz, most.


Gene has been in the local music scene and has performed in the past with the Twilight City Blues Band. Gene also performs with Miles Ahead a local Jazz quartet in addition to Blue Shift. Gene is currently retired but still enjoys performing, “This is my job now” says Gene. His musical influences are Ray Charles, Dr. John, Duke Ellington, B. B. King, Lou Rawls When asked whom he would like to meet most Gene replied: “I would really enjoy meeting and playing with Dr. John”.


Gene has also performed on the famous Beale Street in Memphis.

Pianist a vital key to jazz in Tier - (Press & Sun Bulletin article on Gene Cothran)

Source: Tioga County Council on the Arts, Blue Shift and SUNY CIT.