Jumpin’ Jehosafats coming to Ely July 31

The Jumpin’ Jehosafats have been blending traditional jazz and Gospel for more than 25 years, raising money for charity and lifting spirits. The men and women of this group play a total of thirteen instruments - horns, piano, drums, strings and flute among them - as well as sing together.
Based in the Twin Cities, the band includes two Elyites: Suzanne Mades on flute, and Elton Brown on tuba.
The Jumpin’ Jehosafats will be playing on the Whiteside Park bandshell on Wednesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. This toe-tapping free concert is a gift to the community from the Ely United Methodist Church (where the concert will be held in case of rain). Free will donations will be given to “Young Life” Youth Ministry in Ely.
The Ely concert kicks off this year’s “Annual Jumpin’ Jehosafats World Tour of Northern Minnesota,” with appearances the following days in Emily, Pine River, and Little Falls. They have played community concerts, prisons, riverboats, churches, nursing homes, state fairs, and homeless shelters in the Upper Midwest, and also toured Haiti and Jamaica.
The JJs have been featured artists with the Twin Cities Jazz Society Concert Series and played for numerous local, regional and national events for the United Methodist Church. They have released two CDs, the first entitled “I’m Movin’ On” and the second “Blessed are the Peacemakers,” both with traditional and original tunes, the latter written by its members.