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Friday, May 23, 2008
Bebo Norman & Allen Levi (SUN., JUN. 8th @ RiverCenter)


Wednesday, May 21, 2008
JAZZ: Dr. Gordon Vernick, trumpet (Sun., June 8 @ The Liberty Theatre)

The Columbus Jazz Society is honored to welcome back ...

Dr. Gordon Vernick, trumpet
with Kevin Bales, piano


Dr. Vernick is an Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Georgia State University.

As a professional trumpet player, he has performed in all musical mediums from symphony orchestra to jazz quartet.

As a jazz educator he is the past president of the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators, past chair of the International Association of Jazz Educators Curriculum Committee and was recently appointed as the Southeast Coordinator of that organization. He was the Director of the NARAS Georgia Grammy High School Jazz Band from 1994 to 1999. He is the co-editor of the book Teaching Jazz: A Course Of Study, published by MENC. He recently co-wrote the college textbook, Jazz History Overview, published by Kendall-Hunt which has been adopted by numerous universities around the country.

He is director of the GSU Faculty Jazztet which performs regularly in Atlanta area schools and has appeared at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Brasstown Music Festival, Oxford University Music Series and many other venues in the southeast. He has performed with such world-renowned jazz artists as Kenny Werner, Claire Fischer, John Hart, Kevin Hays, Conrad Herwig, Marc Copland, Randy Brecker, Paul McCandless, and many others. The Jazztet was twice invited to perform in San Jose, Costa Rica by the Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano. During the summer of 2001 the Jazztet performed in Moscow, Russia at the Tribute to Willis Conover Jazz Festival and in March 2003 performed at Capitol University in Beijing, China. The group was invited to perform in November 2004 at the Curso e Colegio Bardal in Florianopolis, Brazil. As a jazz clinician he served a residency at the Conservatory of San Juan, P.R., the Taipei American School in Taiwan, and the Singapore American School this past March.

Kevin Bales received his B.M. form the University of North Florida and M.M. from Florida State. He taught at UNF for 10 years and many of his groups won Downbeat Awards and were invited to perform at IAJE and other prestigious festivals. As a jazz pianist he has performed and recorded with Marcus Printup, singer Rene Marie, Bunky Green, Bob Reynolds, Ira Sullivan, Barry Green, and many others. He has performed at venues from South Florida to New York City and is one of the most in-demand pianists in the Southeastern U.S. He teaches jazz piano, combos and improvisation.

EVENT: Columbus Jazz Society's June 8th concert and jam session
FEATURING: Dr. Gordon Vernick, trumpet
TIME: 6:00-9:00 PM
DATE: June 8, 2008
STREET ADDRESS: The Liberty Theatre and Cultural Center, 813 8th AV, Columbus, GA 31901
TICKET PRICES: $7 for non-members. Annual memberships are available at the door.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call the Liberty Theatre -- 706/653-7566 or David Morgan 706/660-9295

Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments for the jam session (no charge for musicians who sit in) - anything could happen.

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Monday, May 5, 2008
JAZZ: Edred Mitchell Celebration (Sun., May 18 @ The Liberty Theatre)


The Mitchell Celebration Jam
Sunday, May 18, 2008 6-9 PM
at the Historic Liberty Theatre

Friends and colleagues of the late bassist, Edred Mitchell will perform for a benefit at the historic Liberty Theatre; May 18, 2008 from 6-9 PM

Performers include:

Ed Cox, Kevin Vannoy, Robert Orr, Suzanne Swan, Lou Vallee, Fred Ezekiel, Paul VanderGheynst, George Corradino, Jim Evans, and special guest Bill Perry

Donations are requested, all proceeds will go to Edred's wife, Montheletha (Litha) Mitchell and their sons, Brandon and MarQuen.

Tax deductible cash donations can also be made at any CB&T and its Synovus affiliates. Checks should be made payable to: The Columbus Jazz Society/Mitchell.

EVENT: Mitchell Celebration Jam, Columbus Jazz Society
FEATURING: Ed Cox, Kevin Vannoy, Robert Orr, Suzanne Swan, Bill Perry and more
TIME: 6:00-9:00 PM
DATE: May 18, 2008
STREET ADDRESS: The Liberty Theatre and Cultural Center, 813 8th AV, Columbus, GA 31901
TICKET PRICES: A donation is requested.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call the Liberty Theatre -- 706/653-7566 or Corrine Cox -- 706/324-2125


Thursday, May 1, 2008
JAZZ: Ma Rainey Celebration (Sat., May 3 @ The Liberty Theatre)
Please join the Columbus Jazz Society this Saturday to celebrate the life and work of Columbus' own Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, the Mother of the Blues (Apr. 26, 1886 - Dec. 22, 1939).

Saturday - May 3, 2008

Procession:
Will begin at 10:30 A.M. at the Liberty Theatre (813 8th AV, Columbus, GA 31901) and proceed to the Porterdale Cemetery where flowers will be placed on the grave. Then, on to the Ma Rainey house where a wreath will be put on the door while Ed Cox plays and sings the blues.

Blues Concert:
From 3:00 - 5:00 P.M. at the Liberty Theatre (813 8th AV, Columbus, GA 31901) featuring Kathy Roberts & Company. Light snacks will be served -- feel free to bring your own. Tickets $10.

Acclaimed Blues Singer Gertrude Ma Rainey. Known as the "Mother of the Blues" first appeared on stage in 1900. In 1902 she married song and dance man William Pa Rainey. She was then know as Ma even though the marriage did not last. Her band included jazz stars Louis Armstrong, Thomas Dorsey and Coleman Hawkins. Between 1923 and 1928 she recorded more than 100 songs for Paramount. She helped mentor the career of Bessie Smith. The Great Depression ended her career as her fan base lost their ability to buy her records. She retired back to Columbus and died of a heart attack. She was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

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