Raphael Semmes

There’s an obvious draw to Raphael Semmes’ bass-player faces and his out-of-this-world voice, but those are just starting points in delving into the creative musicianship of this year’s Best Jazz Artist/Band winner.

The Grenada, Miss., native is a well-respected member of the Jackson music scene, and not just for his own playing abilities. Semmes is a major supporter of the arts in the city and is heavily involved with several big local events, including WellsFest, the Fusion Jazz series at Fusion Coffeehouse in Ridgeland, and the Township Jazz Festival. Those who haven’t witnessed Semmes onstage are shortchanging their ears, but they’ll have plenty of opportunities in the coming year, as he plays with several jazz ensembles around town.—Jessica Smith

WINNER: Best Jazz Artist or Band

Address: http://www.fusioncoffeehouse.com

Phone number: 601-856-6001

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