The History of the Steppers Set at The Razz
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The Razz Ma Tazz
became a steppers set in 1996 when DJ Shaun (Shaun Szymborski, a
Columbia College graduate who worked as associate producer for Don Wade
and Roma's morning show on news/talk WLS-AM (890), has been hired as
morning host and assistant program director at WXNU-FM (106.5). The new
Kankakee station, to be called "The X," will reveal its format Saturday.
Szymborski, known as Shaun Kelly on the air, most recently hosted
weekends at WBCT-FM in Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Markie Bee (Retired) were faced with the closure of the
club and it's conversion to a conference room by the management. The set
at the time (a house set) had become too difficult for management and
security to handle.
Markie Bee convinced the vice president of the corporation
that he and Shaun could convert the set to a more mature venue and they
could do it in three weeks.
In a meeting shortly thereafter, they proposed to
management the club be converted from a house club to a steppers set.
Management accepted and soon Techno was replaced by R&B. At the end of the
promised three weeks, the club was a success!
The club had steppers dance contests, Give-away's, and
everyone had lots of fun. DJ Shaun and Markie Bee even appeared on Herb
Kent's Steppin' at Club seven more than once. (The first time blue-eyed
soul appeared there). May17th 1996
The André Sallis Era
about three months of negotiation (led by DJ Shaun), Radio personality
André Salis from V-103 was introduced for the first time as the club's
celebrity host. Promotion from the radio station further grew the
popularity of the "Only REAL steppers set in the south suburbs™"
André stayed the celebrity host right through the
remodeling and (attempted) renaming of the club to BnJ's. (The reason the
word attempted was used is because even to this day the brand name Razz Ma
Tazz is still used throughout the city). During his time at the club
celebrities visited and live feeds to the radio station happened at the
After DJ Shaun and Markie Bee left, Willie Cox took
over the house DJ duties, bringing in his over 20 years of steppers DJ'ing
experience to the plate. Willie worked at the club for about a year and a
half before moving on. Willie is currently working in Indiana spreading Stepping to the masses with his own style.
DJ LaVell C
LaVell C. Was DJ at the Razz after Willie Cox moved on. His claim to fame at the Razz was his midnight birthday shout-outs to people celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.
Brown Joined the team at The Razz in August 2005 after LaVell's departure
from the set. Ron Brings 30 years of musical experience as both a record
shop owner and as a Steppin' DJ for the last 10+ years. Ron's energy and
desire to keep our Steppers set as a pure classic old-school venue are a
welcome addition. Ron appears at the Razz Fridays after Herb Kent and
every Saturday from 9 PM to 3 AM
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Currently the celebrity host is legendary radio hall of fame personality
Herb Kent from V-103. Along with DJ Ron Brown the club continues to evolve
as the "best club secret in the south suburbs" Herb appears at the
Razz every Friday
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With the exception of a short period, when the club was closed for a much needed remodeling (When the club took on the name BnJs
until January 2005 when the name was changed back to Razz Ma Tazz), the steppers set at the Razz is the longest continuously running steppers set in the far south suburbs of Chicago.