If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. That’s the rule the organizers of the Waxahachie High School Jazz Café follows, said Allison Hugdahl, a member of the Waxahachie band boosters and an organizer for the event.
In it’s ninth year, the Jazz Café, will bring back it’s New Orleans jazz club feel similar to the year before as well as the same caterer My Sister’s Affair, she said. The event is dedicated to benefiting the nonprofit boosters and band students. The Jazz Café will take place 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Waxahachie Civic Center.
Hugdahl has been involved with the café for three years. This will be her last, she said. She’s in charge of spreading the word about the event, she said.
She said the music has changed a little from year to year, but the community always enjoys the event.
“I know for a lot of people it brings back memories,” she said. “Maybe from when they were young or you know, the same person that they danced with years and years ago to those songs when they were very, very popular.”
Last year My Sister’s Affair served file mignon and chicken breasts, with Banana’s Foster for dessert, she said. This year’s menu is still in the deciding process.
“After dinner, there’s dancing and that’s when the WHS jazz band comes on and plays,” she said. “We also have two alumni brothers who come back and play with us, and we have a vocalist that comes and sings. We have a dance floor available for anyone who wants to get up and take a spin around it.”
The event will also feature a silent auction, with donations from local businesses, sports tickets from Dallas, health and beauty packages.
“It’s right before Valentine’s Day, and so it can be a pre-romantic evening for anybody,” she said. “They can bid on a package for their wife, so they’ve got their Valentine’s Day present taken care of.”
Following the auction, there’s a raffle. Every year, the item is different, she said. This year, the raffle prize is a new iPad 4, with raffle tickets only costing $5 each.
Tickets are $35. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.spiritofwaxahachie.com/jazzcafe.
“We really just want to use the music to evoke memories and help people bring back those times, because it was a lot of great music,” she said.