Night of Jazz at SBVC Features Acclaimed Saxophonist, Panther

The SBVC Black Faculty and Staff Association, along with the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce held a special night of jazz music in the historic Auditorium featuring acclaimed saxophonist Mark Allen Felton, also known as Panther.

Felton has been a saxophonist before he was in high school, and notes that he has been inspired by funk, jazz, gospel, and obviously soul music. He has worked with artists such as Patti Labelle, Al Jarreau, Bobby Womack, and Kirk Whalum during his time as a musician. Felton said that he has been inspired by funk, jazz, gospel, and obviously soul music. The event began with a cocktail social, beginning at 6pm, with giveaways and door prizes presented during the night. During the concert, the audience received an exclusive listen to his newest release, entitled “Soul Real”, before the album premiered on streaming platforms.

Felton has released four other records in the past, but states that this upcoming release is “a little more upbeat — a little funkier than the last record”. The lead single from the album, titled “A Place for You”, was also one of the songs performed during the night. Felton’s music filled the historic Auditorium with the soulful sounds of jazz and soothed the souls of those in attendance.