Life of the Party: The Jordan’s Jazzy Night

Eric Lewis performs for Sasha Bruce House supporters at the home of Vernon and Ann Jordan.

performs for Sasha Bruce House supporters at the home of Vernon and . Photo by .

The occasion, which featured the dynamic New York rock-jazz pianist Eric Lewis, was a celebration of the organization’s 35th year caring for uprooted District teens and an informal way of introducing people to the non-profit group’s work. “The only shelter for homeless youth in the city,” longtime executive director told the crowd, going on to list the many outreach activities that are also part of its mission.

Mr. Lewis raised spirits a few notches when he took over the 1926 Steinway, tackling the piano like an electric guitar and thrilling listeners with original interpretations of familiar pop and classic tunes. “I guarantee you it has never been played like this,” Ann Jordan confirmed.

Other Sasha Bruce board members present included chairwoman , as well as , , , and . It was through Mrs. Reed’s connections with President Obama and his staff that Mr. Lewis came to the White House at one point this year and then, very aptly, to the Jordan soiree.  “I like to protect fiercely my kid side,” the 36-year-old prodigy said, as his energy and enthusiasm overpowered the room.

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  1. I had a fantastic night. Eric Lewis is amazing!

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