Event Host

Jack Givens

Jack was born in Lexington, KY and attended Bryan Station High School where he was chosen as KY’s Mr. Basketball in 1974, his senior season.

From there he went on to a very successful basketball career at the University of KY from 1974-1978 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Sciences with an emphasis on Business Administration.

He left UK as the second all-time leading scorer with 2038 points behind Dan Issel’s 2138 points. He is now 3rd on the all-time scoring list behind Issel and Kenny Walker. Jack’s biggest game came in the 1978 NCAA Championship game against Duke when he scored 41 points and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player!

As the 14th player chosen in the 1978 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks, Jack enjoyed a successful professional career in both the NBA and several stints overseas. In all he played over 7 years of professional basketball and is the only player to have won a National Championship in both the US and Japan, where he was also named the Japanese National Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player!

Jack’s public relations experience span more than 25 years, wherein he served as a color analist for University of KY Basketball Network, ESPN, Turner Sports, The Sunshine Network and he was voice of the Orlando Magic Broadcast Network for over 15 seasons.

After his broadcasting career Jack obtained his real estate broker’s license in Orlando, Fl and worked in the commercial real estate industry. He served as Vice President of Real Estate at Universal City Property Management, a mixed use property development company developing over 2400 acres in southwest Orange County, FL.

Jack now serves as Vice President of Business Development for Bowlin Group, LLC which is based in Walton, KY. Bowlin Group, LLC owns Bowlin Energy, Bowlin Communications and Bowlin Services and serves a diverse customer base which includes Duke Energy, LGE/KU, E.ON US., Cincinnati Bell, Time Warner Cable, Verizon Wireless and Owen County RECC as well as other CO-OPS throughout the state.

Jack and his wife Linda reside in Georgetown, KY. Jack and Linda have been married 31 years and they have 2 children, Jeremy (30) and Jaimie Lynne (27). Jaimie also lives in Georgetown and she has 2 children, Zariah (7) and Jaylen (6).

Cocktail Hour Entertainment

Jessie Laine Powell

To jazz lovers across the globe, Jessie Laine Powell has been deemed a timeless classic jazz voice.  Born in Lexington Kentucky, Jessie grew up in a home filled with the gospel music of the church and that of her talented siblings. But it was the jazz influence of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horn and the Lawrence Welk Show that stirred her soul and begun to dominate her musical taste. As a result, Jessie followed her love for the stage, the orchestra setting and jazz standards to Hollywood, California where she was afforded the opportunity to open up for the sultry jazz great Nancy Wilson. Jessie has since gone on to add countless television, theatrical and radio appearances to her growing performance resume.

After a few successful performance years on the West Coast, Jessie decided to take her sound and craft back to its rightful home in Lexington, Kentucky. A fixture in the Central Kentucky music scene for years, it was a fateful meeting from a church friend that set up a musical partnership that would last for years. A lunch meeting with then local producer, and jazz artist, Eric Copeland, began a project that would eventually become her first album, “On the Edge”. Filled with gospel and jazz, this project gave Jessie her first product to share with her growing fan base.

Jessie’s ability to captivate audiences worldwide also landed her a performance role in the new movie “Heart of a Champion”; directed and produced by Richard Fitzpatrick who meticulously sought out music and soloists that could convey the message of hope and perseverance that would be make a lasting impression both on screen and through the music. This being the case, Jessie was given the green light to make the needed impact for the movie soundtrack.

With her highly anticipated sophomore project entitled “Filled the Void”, Jessie aims to leave her fans feeling refreshed, renewed inspired and motivated as she takes them on an intimate journey of the art form. Through the melodic blend of her gospel inspired jazz vocals and the seamless marriage of the contemporary and traditional jazz sound, Jessie is on target once again to have her listeners and performance attendees screaming from the rooftops.

Video Disc Jockey

Scott Hammer

Scott Hammer (a.k.a. Scott Zumwalt) is a Lexington based DJ, Producer, Radio Personality and Stand-Up Comic.

Raised in the Detroit area in the 1980’s he enjoyed everything from the Electro Funk/ breakbeat sound to Classic Rock. In college emerging electronic sounds of artists like Depeche Mode, The Cure, and Nine Inch Nails helped him form a distinct musical preference. With over 20 years of nightclub and festival DJ experience, Scott has a unique mixing style and impeccable taste in music. He has recorded over 20 DJ mixes and is currently producing tracks for an as-yet unannounced music release.

An accomplished singer he has performed throughout his entire life. In high school student, he was a member of the Academy Of Popular Vocal Arts where he recorded several albums at famed Motown Studios Detroit. In college he was part of the cast of Sweeney Todd and acted and sang in various productions and in his band. After switching majors AND colleges Scott received his degree in Communications /Radio and TV performance and enjoyed a successful (yet sometimes tumultuous) career as a radio personality radio, producer and news anchor.

Scott currently enjoys a residency at SkyBar every Friday Night in downtown Lexington Kentucky and keeps busy Djing and emceeing special events ALL across the Midwest. In his free time he works with other addicts and alcoholics to achieve personal sobriety. Scott is the proud father of four amazing children.