AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – A local ministry is celebrating Black History Month with guest speakers and musical performances.

Good Shepherd Baptist Church is hosting a couple of events are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, February 15th, The Augusta University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of world-renowned musician Wycliffe Gordon, performed old jazz classics and new standards.

“Jazz will never go away,” says Gordon. “They’ve been talking about killing jazz for a long time. It’ll never go away because jazz is the soul of people and the music speaks to what we are as human beings.”

Music transcends all languages.

“Yes, you took the words right out of my mouth. Music does transcends all languages. And it connects us when words can’t”

Coming up on Saturday, February 18th, Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar along with Sounds Unlimited will be giving a soulful concert for all ages.

The event begins at 6 P.M.

Good Shepherd Baptist Church is located at 1714 Olive Road in Augusta.