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Friday, January 8, 2010
JAZZ: Milkshake Mayfield (Trumpet & Flugelhorn) (Sun., Jan. 10th @ Liberty Theatre)
In ColumbusGA on Sunday evening? Consider joining the Columbus Jazz Society for Milkshake Mayfield for a concert and jam session. Everything begins @ 6pm @ the Liberty Theatre, 813 8th Ave. $10. All ages.

Here's the skinny:

Concert begins at 6:00 ~ Jam session begins at 8:00
No cover charge for musicians who sit in

Milkshake has traveled around the world and back, gracing national and international stages with some of the greatest ‘who’s who’ among contemporary jazz giants -- Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Owens, Frank Foster, Cab Calloway, Freddie Hubbard, Billy Taylor, and countless others. His astounding jazz portfolio includes performances/opening acts with the SOS band; Melba Moore; the Dells; Bobby Byrd & the JBs; Avery Fisher Hall (Washington, DC); Atlanta Montreux International Jazz Fest; Kool Jazz Fest (NYC); New Orleans World’s Fair; Carnegie Hall (NYC); trumpet tribute to the legendary Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong at the United Negro College Fund Benefit’s Salute to Apollo (2004); opening act for Michael Franks/Alex Bugnon concert (2006), and Kevin Eubanks(2007); the Trumpet Awards (2008); featured guest artist in Gospel musical “The Glory Road”, Morehouse College, by Unity Production Group, LLC (May 2009).  His music presentation carries on the legacy of the jazz greats. The late legendary radio host,“Tippy” Calloway, befittingly addressed Milkshake as trumpeter extraordinaire.      

At the age of eight, Gregorie Mayfield, aka Milkshake, ventured to become an accomplished trumpeter. He quickly perfected his playing skills that earned him numerous awards throughout his youth and adult career. He acquired the name, Milkshake, in his early childhood because of his insatiable appetite for milkshakes. To this day, he is recognized by that name by all who know him, personally and professionally in the music industry. His passion for playing the trumpet and flugelhorn is equally insatiable, and has perpetuated him to become one of the most talented and highly respected musicians in the USA and abroad. “Silky” is descriptive of Milkshake’s musical style, and reflects in his smooth and sensuous sound.

Milkshake earned a BA degree in Music from Clark College (now Clark-Atlanta University), Atlanta, GA. He formed the Milkshake Quartet (MSQ) in 1980, which is widely known for contemporary music, bee-bop and straight ahead jazz, seasoned with a taste of funk, and favored for its unique polyrhythmic music in improvised format. Experience the ultimate in jazz.In 2002, Milkshake showcased his debut CD “In My Time”.  Stay tuned for his soon to be released Gospel/Jazz and holiday CDs, featuring the soulfully soothing vocals of his wife and gospel/jazz artist, Tine.  You’ll findMilkshake and MSQ at any number of Atlanta jazz venues – Michon’s, Londzell’s, Olympia Prime, Star, Grown Folk, Crowe’s Nest, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Wednesday WindDown, Hammonds House and Fernbank Museums, Wren’s Nest, Lithonia and Mablehouse Amphitheatres and more.
    2010 featured artists:  January 10:  Milkshake Mayfield, trumpet, flugelhorn February 14:  Solar Quintet  March 14:  CSU Jazz Ensemble April 11:  Alex Pershounin, bass May 9:  William Green, keyboard June 13:  Mace Hibbard, saxophone July 11:  Joe Gransden, trumpet, vocal August 8:  Tom Chadwick, keyboard Septmber 12:  Wes Funderburk, trombone October 10:  Trey Wright, guitar November 14:  Snakebite 6 ~ New Orleans style jazz December 12:  Philadelphia Divas, vocal group
The Columbus Jazz Society holds a concert and jam session the 2nd Sunday of every month from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre and Cultural Center, 813 8th Ave Columbus, GA 31901.

The Columbus Jazz Society is a 501c3, not-for-profit association.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
LIVE DVD TAPING @ THE LOFT: Marshal Ruffin, Heather Lutrell, Jefferson Fox

Wed Dec 2nd - 8:00pm @ the Loft LIVE!

Jefferson Fox, Heather Luttrell, Marshall Ruffin

Be part of this "Live DVD" by filmmaker Tim Gill

3 Bands for $5 [first 100 in by 8:00 FREE]

Loft Live Event Overview:

Jefferson Fox is taking a break from the Los Angeles studio scene that produced his last two records to come home to the South. Fox is putting together a roots-driven record by recording in several southeast locales, beginning in Columbus, Ga December 2nd. He will be playing with friends and bandmates from the region, and recording under the guidance of James Salter of Atlanta GA, with whom Jefferson has been acquainted since his early band days in Savannah. The southern sweep will kick off at The Loft Live with Jefferson Fox, Heather Luttrell and Marshall Ruffin on the stage. The event will be recorded by filmmaker Tim Gill and the Loft Recording Studio for a 'Live DVD' release. Tim Gill, a Savannah native is a long time friend of Fox.

Be part of this "Live DVD" - 3 Bands for $5.00 [note: the first 100 in by 8:00pm will be admitted free] (21+)

Press Photos (300 dpi)


Singer/songwriter Jefferson Fox has amazed audiences throughout the U.S. with tunes from past work, other inspiring artists and from his newest album, Animule which was released on August 15th of 2008 on his independent label, Outright Records. Jefferson's lyrical genius, compelling voice and quirky but beautiful guitar playing made this record an amazing work that will be remembered as a musical masterpiece for years to come. The songs and recordings range broadly in texture and style but maintain uniformity in their thoughtfulness, musical beauty and sonic excellence.

Animule was recorded and produced by Eric Weaver (Soulsavers, Twilight Singers, Beck, Britney Spears, Queen Latifah, etc.) at Conway Studios in Los Angeles in historic Studio A and Mastered by the legendary Gavin Lurssen of Lurssen Mastering (Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Alison Krauss/Robert Plant, Tom Waits...)

The players on Animule include
Joe Ayoub (Enrique Iglesias, Population Game, Liz Phair),
John Cranfield (Rancid, Pink, Lionel Richie),
Joshua Blanchard (Joni Mitchell, George Thorogood, Isobel Campbell/Mark Lanegan),
Jocelyn Kay Lee,
John Dona,
John Molino(The Fabulous Thunderbirds),
Scott Gilman (Terence Trent d'Arby, Chaka Khan, Foreigner, Alice Cooper)

Jefferson writes with deep insight about the dilemmas, disappointments and delights that inform the human condition. Listeners find in his music an awareness and understanding of those moments in life that find us with our defenses down or leave us confused. His voice evokes every emotion that a listener hopes for and brings to life songs that stay with us long after the record stops. His lyrics find us staring headlong into the events that bring his songs to life. He has been described as a James Taylor of the 21st Century but the creativity in his work brings many other names to the conversation including Tom Waits, Paul Simon, Leo Kottke and a host of others, all proving that what Jefferson Fox provides is a new flavor for music appreciators.

Jefferson's discography includes 'Wait For Words' (2007), 'Homecomings' (2005), Drench's 'Wahoo' (1995) and 'Buried' (1992). His solo career was reborn in 2005 and has blossomed as his growth as a musician and songwriter have formed a valid artist that is certain to become one of todays premier talents as audiences continue to become aware of Jefferson's gift.

Jefferson Fox is touring in support of Animule but is hard at work on another release which is also being produced by Eric Weaver. He is a 'don't miss' on the road and will be visiting your ears on radios everywhere soon.

Before Lately

Jefferson Fox was born in Southeast Missouri to Elbert and Jane Fox.  The two divorced and Jefferson began his childhood as the step-son of Michael Allen, an Army pilot.  At age 6 Jefferson began playing guitar.  Other instruments followed and his passion for songwriting was born.  Jefferson traveled the world with his family on military duties until 1991 when he graduated high school in Georgia.  He then returned to Southeast Missouri and worked as a carpenter while playing music in several rock/alternative bands that he fronted and wrote material for.  Jefferson married drummer Sharon Clark in 1994 and had two daughters.  After his last band, 'All That Matters' broke up in 2003 Jefferson began performing solo and writing more.  He and his family moved to Wyoming for two years during the completion of 'Wait For Words' in 2007 and stayed through the release of 'Animule' in 2008.  They then returned to Southeast Missouri where Jefferson bases his operation today.

Heather Luttrell has been surrounded by music for as long as she can remember. Having grown up in the company of her father and his band, she would take her naps amidst a pile of instrument cases at numerous live shows throughout her childhood.

Heather started playing and writing her own music very early in life, sounding music out on the guitar and piano. After cutting her teeth playing solo shows, she gathered several talented Atlanta musicians to back her. The trio formed Heathergrrrl and the Hungover. The group recorded a live album, and toured throughout the Southeast garnering a loyal and enthusiastic following.

After a couple years with the band, Heather ventured out on her own again, finding that outlet allowed her to be ultimately more creative and self-sufficient. She's developed a very dedicated fan base in the years of solo touring since then. In 2002, Heather released her 1st album, the live solo acoustic Drive It Like You Stole It. Her recent follow-up studio album Grits n' Pulp, was released in early 2005 and showcases Heather's proven bare bones vocal and guitar combination while enhancing various performances with a full backing band and her own masterful piano abilities.

Heather is preparing to tour in support of her own music and her latest CD Pomegranate. Having the benefit of her recent global exposure, she looks forward to what the future holds on her terms. She still enjoys performing solo, but is also joined by a new backing band who performed on her album, giving a solid back to her powerful vocals and melodic style.

She has played with such acts as Angie Aparo, Ryan Adams, Elton John, Melissa Ferrick, Robert Earl Keen, Bela Fleck, Hopsing Project, Teagan and Sara, Alana Davis,  Michelle Malone, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zac Brown Band, Marshall Tucker, Georgia Satellites, Delbert McClinton,  Dave Mason, Shawn Mullins and Tishamingo.

press info including high-res picture downloads

Marshall Ruffin: Soulful Blues Meets Stimulating Grunge

"Ruffin plays guitar and sings with a prowess that most roots & blues artists develop only after many weary years on the road."
Lisa Love, Georgia Music Hall of Fame

"The dude can really sing and play - to say I was amazed by his songwriting talent, instrumental abilities and vocals would be an understatement."
Jeff Hahne, Music Editor, Creative Loafing Charlotte

"I rarely get inspired to say such things, but really - if you're able to see Marshall Ruffin 'live' then you really must. He is just f***ing amazing!"
Geoff Achison, Blues Guitarist Extraordinaire

The twenty-five year old roots-rock and blues singer-songwriter-guitarist grew up in typical Americana, where science was at the fabric of his family. After finding a guitar in his attic at age thirteen, Marshall taught himself to play. Just several short years later, he majored in jazz performance at the Berklee College of Music. It was while in Boston, Ruffin recognized and tapped into his songwriting skills and vocal gifts. Within a year after graduation, Marshall moved to Columbus GA for some Ma Rainey education, opened for dozens of regional and national artists, and signed with Jammates Records. After experiencing a Marshall Ruffin performance, one only expects his momentum to accelerate. Rich Man's Dime, his freshman EP, hit the streets in February '08 and spent eight weeks on the roots/blues chart ending the year at no. 4 on Georgia Roots Radio. Just out September 15th is Morning Glory, his 2009 sophomore effort. Marshall Ruffin will be playing solo and with his trio throughout east coast music venues in support of the new release.

OPENINGS: Arc Angels, Robin Trower, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Marshall Tucker Band, Col. Bruce Hampton, Oliver Wood, Shawn Mullins, and Devon Allman

Marshall Ruffin - (vocal / guitar)
Dennis Baraw (upright bass)
Alan Marcha (drums)

Morning Glory - EP - Jammates Records 2009
Rich Man's Dime - EP - Jammates Records 2007

Jefferson Fox - "Nobody's Fault"

Tim Gill is a Filmmaker and Director of Photography.  Gill has been working as an artist and technician for nearly 15 years.  He has worked, professionally, as a Gaffer, Grip, Electrician, and Assistant Cameraman throughout my career.  The art and craft of cinematic storytelling have been, and continue to be, very rewarding.  Now, more than ever, the possibilities are more alluring and seemingly boundless.  However, even as the tools of Digital Cinematography continue to become more refined, economical and accessible, one thing remains clear. Ideas, story and talent remain key.  It is Tim's hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with as many as would work with together; to create images and stories to share with each other and with as many that might be willing to experience them. Tim Gill currently lives in Savannah, Ga and works anywhere a project might take him.

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Friday, October 9, 2009
JAZZ: Tyrone Jackson ('Nawlins Pianist) (Sun., Oct. 11 @ Liberty Theatre)

The Columbus Jazz Society is honored to welcome Tyrone Jackson to the October 11th concert and jam session.

Mr. Jackson is featured on JAZZIZ magazine’s fall 2009 CD; JAZZIZ ON DISC. His latest release is reviewed in this issue.

“Titling his latest recording ANOTHER VOYAGE (Hot Shoe), New Orleans-born pianist Tyrone Jackson tips his hat to a major influence, Herbie Hancock ... Like Herbie, Jackson seems to revel in rich melodies and sophisticated harmonies.”
JAZZIZ magazine, fall 2009

Tyrone Jackson, piano
Mace Hibbard, saxophone
Moffett Morris, bass
Justin Chesarak, drums

Sunday, October 11, 2009, 6:00-9:00 PM
Concert and Jam Session
Liberty Theatre, 813 8th Avenue, Columbus
Tickets: $7
Concert begins at 6:00 ~ Jam session begins at 8:00
No cover charge for musicians who sit in

Hamburgers & Hot Dogs will be available thanks to the CSU Music Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha.

Tyrone Jackson performs an eclectic blend of classic and contemporary jazz. His jazz cd, DEDICATED, is Tyrone at his finest -- creative composition, wonderful collaborations and technical mastery. Tyrone was born in the birth place of jazz, New Orleans. There, he honed his skills learning traditional, latin, and fusion jazz. An accomplished composer as well, Tyrone utilizes a counterpoint of harmonic balance with melodic lyricism and rhythmic ostinato.

Tyrone has studied and performed classical music for 20 years, jazz for 16 years, and R&B/funk for 16 years. He is a Jazz Competition winner. Tyrone studied music at the University of New Orleans. He has studied privately under Ellis Marsalis (renowned father of Wynton and Branford Marsalis) and Mary Ann Bulla (classical).

Some highlights of Tyrone’s music career include playing with Earl Klugh, Melba Moore, Wynton Marsalis, Wes Anderson, Greg Dawson; touring Italy and Austria with the UNO Jazz Band, in 1997. Touring Brazil with Michael Ward in 1996. Opening for Gerald Albright, Spyro Gyra, the Crusaders, and Chaka Kahn. Touring Thule, Greenland in 2005. Performing with FutureMan (Roy Wooton) in Mableton, Ga. In 2006.

His musical influences include Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Joe Sample, George Duke, McCoy Tyner, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Music Philosophy: “We must remember that playing music is an extension of ourselves. Every experience that we’ve had, and will have, will eventually trickle into what we play and how we play.”

Upcoming 2009 featured artists:

November 8: Will Scruggs, jazz saxophone
December 13: Dallas Smith, jazz woodwinds

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Friday, October 2, 2009
MIC: New Music from Left Coast of Georgia (Benefit for GA MUSIC HALL OF FAME) (Fri., Oct. 9 @ The Loft)

WHAT: Fundraiser & Music Showcase
Music In Columbus (MIC) & the Loft Live Present:
"New Music from the Left Coast of Georgia"
ticket proceeds to benefit the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (GMHF)

 Friday, October 9th

  • 6:30pm -- GMHF / Artist "Meet & Greet" $25 single / $35 couple hors d'oeuvres + preferred showcase seating (reservations required) Music by: the CSU Faculty Jazz Quartet
  • 8:00pm -- MIC Music Showcase $10
    * Garrett Lee (full band) / Christian Pop-Rock
    * Marshall Ruffin (trio) / Blues-Rock
    * Peggy Jenkins (acoustic) / Roots-Blues-R&B
    * Montgomery Gunn (full band) / Country
    * Spy for Hire (full band) / Alternative Pop-Rock
    11:00pm -- Peggy Jenkins & the Bizness

    Mission & Overview:
    The primary objectives for the "New Music from the Left Coast of Georgia Fundraiser and
    Showcase" are to raise awareness and money for the Georgia Music Hall of Fame as well as
    kick-start the statewide musical careers of top talent from the Columbus area.

    MIC believes
    many of these musicians will move on to be part of Georgia Music Magazine's 2010
    promotions: "Georgia's Next 50” and “Georgia's Touring 24". MIC will work diligently to
    rally the regional fanbase for our featured artists and groups. We hope this event will result in
    a more committed community mindset to support our musicians - much like we do with
    sports teams - in order to help them advance to the next level in their professional careers.

    For more information, please contact: Pat Patten -- 706.333.0787 --

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
JAZZ: Kathy Roberts, Vocalist (Sun., Sept. 13 @ The Liberty Theatre)
Sunday, September 13, the Columbus Jazz Society welcomes

Kathy Roberts
Jazz vocalist

A native Philadelphian, Kathy Roberts is a soulful, vibrant, and spirited vocalist whose powerful, sensuous contralto voice quite often brings audiences to their feet in resounding appreciation.  Kathy also has a theatrical background that originated at Philadelphia’s own Freedom Theater where she studied drama, voice and dance.  She appeared in the popular musical theater production of “The Gospelers” and went on to pursue her current, and very successful, singing career although theater has always been her first love.

Kathy sang background with balladeer Billy Paul for a number of years and performed duets with him onstage as well.  She also enjoyed a short stint with musical genius Stevie Wonder just before starting her family.  While raising her children she performed locally at a number of popular musical venues in and around Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. You could find her performing at such venues as Zanzibar Blue (Philadelphia and Delaware), the Wilmington Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Clef Club, the Warwick Hotel, the Doubletree, Philadelphia Convention Center, Freedom Theater, Society Hill Playhouse, and various other private and civic events.  She has also performed with well-known local and national artists such as Eddie Green (keys), Tyrone Brown (bass), Lee Smith (bass), Aaron Graves (keys), and Bootsie Barnes (sax), just to name a few.

Kathy has been recognized for her moving portrayal of Billie Holiday as star of Nate Davenport’s big band production of “Billie Holiday Your Music Lives On.”

Since relocating to Columbus, GA in 2005, Kathy has held the positions of Treasurer and Board Member of the Columbus Jazz Society. She has performed with many Columbus musicians as well, including Ed Cox, Dave Morgan, Shirantha Beddage, Tom Chadwick, Don Tipton, Peggy Jenkins, Lou Vallee, Charles “Big Saxxy”, and many others.

When: September 13 from 6:00-9:00 PM
Where: Liberty Theatre, 813 8th Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901 | Phone (706) 660-9295
How Much: Tickets: $7 ~ no charge to musicians who sit in

Hamburgers & Hot Dogs will be available thanks to the CSU Music Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha.


Upcoming 2009 featured artists:

October 11: Tyrone Jackson, piano
November 8: Will Scruggs, saxophone
December 13: Dallas Smith, woodwinds

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
LOCAL CD RELEASE: Tim Maggart "Hope Has A Voice" on May 23
A Message From Tim:

Greetings to All,

I would like to announce the release of my new CD "Hope Has A Voice". This is a project that has been in the works for quite some time and I am pleased to say that it is complete, with 13 songs, fully produced and ready for your listening pleasure. Please go to my website at and check out a few of the tracks.
I am also having a CD release concert and here are the details:

Date: May 23
Time: 7:00
Location: River of Life Church, Phenix City AL: 509 Idol Hour Drive, thanks to Pastor Randy Comer for letting me use this building.

Details: My friend Lara Landon is coming from Nashville and will open the show. My friends Justin Belew, Neal Lucas, John White, Paul Vaillancourt, Kenney Fielding, Lynn Cochran, Sandy Madaris, Jessica Bennett and my favorite Christian Rap group No Compromise will be joining me on the stage. It will be a fun evening!

I am changing my email to for your future reference.

I would love for this email to be forwarded to as many people as possible, helping me get the word out, as I believe many people need to understand that Hope Has A Voice.
You can click on the link below to listen to the commercial advertising the CD release if you like. It was done by
Bear O'Brian, DJ at KISSN 99.3, Columbus GA

Peace to you all and much thanks,
Tim Maggart

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Celebrate 103.7 The Truth's 1st Anniversary with Big Daddy Weave, Josh Wilson, and Garrett Lee @ CSU

Chick-fil-A, 103.7 "the Truth", and HIS Promotions presents:
Who: Big Daddy Weave, Josh Wilson, and Garrett Lee

What: the "What Life Would Be Like" tour......A Contemporary Christian Music Concert

When: Thursday May 7, 2009....Show starts at 7:00pm...Doors open at 6:00pm

Where: Columbus State University (in University Hall)

Why: Music Ministry to honor the National Day of Prayer and the one year anniversary of 103.7
"the Truth" ( a local Christian radio station )

Tickets are available at The Sanctuary Christian store, Lifeway Christian Store, and on-line at

Tickets are $15 in advance...$17 day of the show...$12 for college students with a student I.D....
and $12 for groups of 10 or more
All tickets are $17 the day of the show.



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