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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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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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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Rivertown Showdown 2009 - Week One Winners & More
Got a quick note from Nona with NSAI's Rivertown Songwriter Showdown at The Loft:

Great Rivertown Showdown last night.
The finalist were: Nadine Coker and John McGee. Stan Edwards is a stand by for the Final Show.
Thanks for all the support from you songwriters.
Don't forget to get you checks in for the Brian White event.
The cut off date for the lower price ticket is next Friday, Feb. 6. We already have songwriters coming from Auburn and Montgomery. Don't miss this one. (Flyer attached below)

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Thursday, September 25, 2008
BIG MIC CD RELEASE PARTY: Sept. 27th @ Phenix City Amphitheater
MIC ( and NSAI (Nashville Songwriter's Association International, Columbus Chapter) are teaming up for a local music showcase on the Chattahoochee River September 27th, 2008. At the event MIC will have our first locals-only compilation CD for sale entitled "Ten Songs from the Edge of Georgia". Come to the show, get your copy of the CD for only $10!

Here's the skinny:

Country, Blues, Folk, Christian, Rock Music

Sponsored by:

September 27. 2008
7:00 p.m.
Phenix City Amphitheater


will lead off the showcase
lineup for parade begins at 6:00 p.m. on the Phenix City Riverwalk
marching into the Amphitheater
$1.00 to purchase KAZOO
(contactRebecca Harris at Phenix City Parks & Recreation for more details)
(Call 334-291-4719 or visit

will perform some ROCKIN R & B

Gift Certificate from Gorilla Guitars
Recording Time from The Loft Studio
FREE Nashville Trip from PMB Broadcasting



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JAZZ: Dallas Smith Quartet (Sun., Oct. 12 @ The Liberty Theatre)
The Columbus Jazz Society welcomes the Dallas Smith Quartet.

Dallas Smith will host the Columbus Jazz Society's October twelfth Jazz Jam at the Liberty Theatre. The performance by his quartet will feature well-known jazz standards as well as some of Dallas's own bop, Latin, and fusion jazz compositions.

Since 1975, Dallas has been a West Coast native whose diverse musical career includes symphony work, studio recordings, cruise ships, casino shows, and traditional and Latin jazz groups. Together with his wife, jazz harpist Susan Mazer, Dallas has recorded numerous CD's ( Dallas has toured with noted jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal and, as a member of the Swedish world music group Mynta (, he has recently toured Scandinavia and India.

Dallas currently resides in Reno, Nevada, where he and Susan founded a business, Healing HealthCare Systems, to promote the use of music to create a more healing environment within healthcare facilities. Their primary product is a 24-hour relaxation channel for hospitals, called The C.A.R.E. Channel (

Dallas, son of the late Judge Oscar D. Smith, Jr., began his musical education in Columbus with Dr. George Corradino at Wynnton Elementary School. After playing classical clarinet for ten years (at Richards Jr. High, Columbus High School, and Florida State University), Dallas broadened his musical focus to include jazz studies (on flute and sax). He has traveled the world in pursuit of his lifelong interest in East Indian classical music, performing extensively in Europe and India.

EVENT: Columbus Jazz Society's October 12th concert and jam session
FEATURING: Dallas Smith, woodwinds
TIME: 6:00-9:00 PM
DATE: October 12, 2008
STREET ADDRESS: The Liberty Theatre and Cultural Center, 813 8th Ave, 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.

Coming up:

November 9, 2008: Mace Hibbard, saxophones
December 14, 2008: Kevin Vannoy, vocal, saxophone

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008
MIC Compilation sells 100 CDs out-of-the-box
Music in Columbus' long-anticipated compilation CD "Ten Songs from the Edge of Georgia" is back from the manufacturer, then immediately sold the first 100 copies. The Columbus Convention and Visitor's Bureau purchased the order and will be on sale in the Columbus Visitor's Center at 900 Front Avenue in UpTown Columbus, Georgia.'s first CD project delivers a pleasantly blended "jukebox/mixtape" audio journey weaving ten local artists from ten distinct musical genres into one listening experience. From gospel to rock to progressive country, classical, pop and hip-hop, "Ten Songs from the Edge of Georgia" is merely a pinhole of a spotlight into Columbus, Georgia's rich local music scene.

We are still planning a CD Release Party somewhere in Columbus, Georgia this Fall.

Stay Tuned-

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Monday, July 28, 2008
LOCAL: Keni Thomas' new "Shreveport to L.A." VIDEO

Take action. Here's your chance to help a local, Keni Thomas get some airplay on GAC...

WEB -- Watch the video. Leave a comment.
Keni may have scooted off to Nashville not too long ago, but this former "Cornbread" songwriter has a new video on GAC (Great American Country) to view and comment on right here.

RADIO -- Request now.
  • Rooster 106 Request Lines --> 706-596-5106 | 800-445-4106
  • ROCK 103 Request Line --> (24/7) 706.323.3103

    TV -- Coming soon.
    GAC will be adding the video into rotation later this week. Look out for a notice from MIC urging you to go VOTE for him.

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    Thursday, July 17, 2008
    NEW! MIC Greenroom adds Calendar
    If you haven't already,
    Get yourself joined-up in the MIC GREENROOM.

    In addition to the uploading your original songs, pictures, and videos, all artists, venues and promoters are encouraged to use the newest feature:

    EVENT CALENDAR! Yes, now you can add your next event to the Music In Columbus Event Calendar so that everyone "in the know" might finally "know".

    Get to promoting your music events and beyond. If you have any questions, leave a comment on my profile page.


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    Monday, July 14, 2008
    VIDEO: "Columbus Stockade Blues" w/ Rick Edwards & Henry Conley
    No doubt, the most famous of Columbus, Georgia songs, Darby and Tarlton's "Columbus Stockade Blues" continues to be a staple of country, bluegrass, jazz, and folk music. (Performed and recorded by such greats as: Elvis, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Doc Watson, Jimmy Davis, Bill Monroe )

    Here's JoePaul's video clip of local folk heroes, Rick Edwards and Henry Conley introducing the classic track to the digital generation...


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    Thursday, July 10, 2008
    JAZZ: LOU VALLEE FOUR (Sun., July 13 @ The Liberty Theatre)

    Suzanne Swan, vocals; Lou Vallee, keyboards:
    Fred Ezekiel, sax; Ike Alexander, drums

    6:00-9:00 PM
    July 13, 2008

    The Liberty Theatre and Cultural Center, 813 8th Ave, Columbus, GA 31901
    $7 for non-members. Annual memberships are available at the door.

    2008 Upcoming JAZZ Events :
    August 10, 2008: Trey Wright - guitar

    September 14, 2008: The Atlanta Seventeen - Big Band
    Ocotober 12, 2008: Dallas Smith - woodwind
    November 9, 2008:Mace Hibbard - saxophone
    December 14, 2008: Scholarship Fund-Raiser - Kevin Vannoy

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    Monday, June 23, 2008
    Songwriters: Submit your original song for September NSAI Event

    It All Begins With A Song
    The Songwriter/Band Event (not official title) is September 27 at the Phenix City Amphitheater. This is your chance for a band to back you up with your original song.

    NOW is the time to send your songs. Either bring a CD to Open Mic at The Loft Wednesday night or MP3 the song to Nona.

    Some of you have already put a band together and will play your own songs. Also, if you have a local band in mind, let us know. If you do not want to sing your song, give us your suggestions or we will find someone for you.

    This is going to be a fantastic event. It will give our original songs exposure and will be great for all our local musicians and songwriters to work together.Thanks to Rebecca Harris for giving us this opportunity.

    - Nona

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    Friday, June 6, 2008
    Columbus Songwriter, Ruffin on the Charts!
    Just got an email from producer, Pat Patten about Marshall Ruffin entering The Roots Music Report at #34:

    Thought you guys would want to know that Marshall entered the Roots/Blues chart at #34 this week! Looks like he's in pretty good company.

    Congrats to Marshall from everyone at MIC.


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    JAZZ: Edred Mitchell Celebration II (Mon., Jun 23 @ The Loft)

    The Mitchell Celebration Jam II
    Monday June 23, 2008 at The Loft

    Jan Hyatt with Michael Hoskin, Taylor Pierce, Kevin Vannoy with Madeline Davis, Elwood Madeo, Sam Williams & Company and more!

    Friends and colleagues of the late bassist, Edred Mitchell will perform for a second benefit on June 23rd at The Loft.

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

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

    EVENT: Mitchell Celebration Jam II, Columbus Jazz Society
    FEATURING: Jan Hyatt with Michael Hoskin, Taylor Pierce, Kevin Vannoy with Madeline Davis, Elwood Madeo, Sam Williams & Company, and more
    TIME: 7:00-10:00 PM
    DATE: June 23, 2008
    STREET ADDRESS: The Loft 1032 Broadway Columbus, Georgia 31901
    TICKET PRICES: A donation is requested.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call The Loft 706/596-8141 or David Morgan 706/660-9295

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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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    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

    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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    Monday, April 28, 2008
    NSAI: Kerry Kurt (Sat., May 17 @ GorillaGuitars/TheBunkhouse)

    Dave is a classically trained musician, a 1993 graduate of the Manhattan School of Music with an advanced degree in classical guitar, but performs folk and blues with foot-stomping authority and a rocker's electric energy.

    "A comprehensive approach to understanding how RHYTHM drives the feel of a song, and how to create that effect on a guitar"

    SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2008

    WORKSHOP - 3:30 - 5:00 PM
    Gorilla Guitars
    1038 Broadway, Columbus, GA

    CONCERT - 6:30 PM
    "GOOD SOULS"-Dave & Briana
    Bunkhouse Blues
    120 Angelina Drive, Cusseta, GA
    No fee
    Tips for the artist are appreciated

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    NSAI: Kerry Kurt (Wed., May 21 @ TheRiverCenter/TheLoft)

    Kerry Kurt Phillips, a Nashville Pro Songwriter, has a catalogue of over 600
    songs, five #1 singles, 12 gold records, and 17 platinum albums. ASCAP has recognized
    15 of Kerry Kurt's works as being the most performed songs in the nation. His songs
    have also been featured on numerous network television shows and motion pictures and
    have been used in national ad campaigns by Ford Trucks, General Motors, Pepsi
    Corporation the PGA, Applebee's and the NFL. Kerry Kurt has also had songs nominated
    for both the CMA awards and the Grammy's.

    Kerry Kurt's biggest hits include:

    "Drinkin' Bone" - Tracy Byrd
    "Do You Want Fries With That" - Tim McGraw
    "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair" - George Jones
    "Is It Cold In Here" - Joe Diffie
    "Almost Home" - Craig Morgan
    "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox" - Joe Diffie
    "Down On the Farm" - Tim McGraw
    "In My Own Backyard" - Joe Diffie
    "Maybe We Should Just Sleep On It" - Tim McGraw
    "Pickup Man" - Joe Diffie
    "She Let Herself Go" - George Straight

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2008

    WORKSHOP - 6:30 - 8:30 PM CONCERT - 9:30 PM
    The RiverCenter The Loft
    900 Broadway 1032 Broadway
    Columbus, GA Columbus, GA

    $20.00 for workshop (includes concert)
    $10.00 for concert only

    To reserve tickets contact:
    Nona Christie - 706-565-7362

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    Thursday, April 17, 2008
    LOCAL: Marshall Ruffin Wins Charlotte Showdown
    Creative Loafing says...

    The evening's winner was Marshall Ruffin of Columbus, Ga. Dude can sing and play! To say I was amazed by his songwriting talent, instrumental abilities and vocals would be an understatement.

    The highlight of the night was the final performance as Ruffin was joined onstage by (Joshua) Panda for a hilarious, soulful and amazing -- and spontaneous -- song.

    Can't wait to see what those two bring to the finals in July.

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    Monday, March 17, 2008
    Brent Lindley's "American Hands" CD now available.

    Brent Lindley's latest CD, "American Hands" is now available locally at JudyBug's Books / Flipside Records on Broadway and online at CDBaby and available for download on iTunes.

    "American Hands" was written about Brent's grandfather - a veteran of WW 2, Korea and Vietnam. This is a tribute to him, AND or military history in our community.

    The title track "American Hands" was co-written with Jeff Pearson. Jeff Pearson hosted Writer's Night at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville for 17 years. Jeff has over 20 cuts on the records of major country music artists to include Hank Williams Jr., Diamond Rio and Barbara Mandrell.

    Find out more information at:

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    Thursday, February 28, 2008
    NSAI Songwriter Workshop (March 8-9 @ The Springer)
    For information to pre-register:

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    Wednesday, February 27, 2008
    Local Songwriter speaks to Congress about Internet Royalty Hikes

    Joey Allcorn smoothly presents a case to the U.S. Congress against new Internet Radio Royalties which appear to hurt the promotional opportunities of small businesses (ie Independent Songwriters, artists and niche webcasters).

    Kudos, Mr. Allcorn.

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    Friday, February 15, 2008
    Marshall Ruffin CD RELEASE SHOW (Fri., Mar. 14 @ The Loft)




    LaGrange / Columbus, GA - Jammates Records announces the February 19th release date for Rich Man's Dime, the label debut CD from Columbus, Georgia-based roots/blues/Americana singer and guitarist Marshall Ruffin. Musicians joining Ruffin on his freshman release include first-call Atlanta session bassist Joe Reda (upright, electric and fretless basses) and Sean O'Rourke (drums/percussion), recently off tour with Sugarland.

    Ruffin will perform a special show for the CD's release Friday, March 14th at the Loft Live in uptown Columbus with a band backed by Paul Vaillancourt (drum/percussion) and Jason Lane (upright bass).

    Marshall Ruffin will tour the east coast in support of the release of Rich Man's Dime before entering into the studio later this year to begin work on his first full featured recording. For more information on the Artist, visit or


    Recent Openings: Shawn Mullins, Col. Bruce Hampton, Oliver Wood, Geoff Achison, Leah Randazzo, Big Atomic, Bobby Lee Rogers / Jeff Sipe.

    Influences: Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt, Lead Belly, The Beatles, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder.

    Compared To: Ray LaMontagne, Jack Johnson, Jeff Buckley, Jim Bianco

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    Thursday, February 7, 2008
    Ed Cox (Sun., Feb. 10 @ The Liberty Theatre)
    The Columbus Jazz Society is honored to have the one-and-only Ed Cox host our February 10th concert and jam session.

    Jazz, Latin, Ballads, Blues and News You Can Use

    Ed brings us his original compositions along with some of our favorite standards.

    Ed Cox, saxophone and vocal
    Alice Spangler, keyboard and vocal
    Marshall Ruffin, guitar
    David Johnson, bass
    David Morgan, drums

    EVENT: Columbus Jazz Society's February 10th concert and jam session.
    FEATURING: Ed Cox, vocal & sax
    TIME: 6:00-9:00 PM
    DATE: February 10, 2008
    STREET ADDRESS: The Liberty Theatre and Cultural Center, 813 8th Ave, Columbus, GA 31901
    TICKET PRICE: $7 – Annual memberships are available at the door.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call (706) 689-0303, (706) 587-7769

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    Tuesday, December 4, 2007
    Ma Rainey House now open!


    Welcome to Ma's house
    'Ma' Rainey Blues Museum opens for business

    Blues legend and Columbus native Gertrude "Ma" Rainey lived in this house at 805 {FIFTH} Ave. from 1935-1939.
    Photo by Joe Paull /
    Blues legend and Columbus native Gertrude "Ma" Rainey lived in this house at 805 first Ave. from 1935-1939.
    "Ma" Rainey recorded more than 90 records for Paramount Records.

    The story of Gertrude Pridget "Ma" Rainey begins in this city and ends in this house.

    After years of planning, fundraising, renovating and collecting, the "Ma" Rainey Blues Museum on [FIFTH] Avenue is finally open for business.

    The yellow two-story home chronicles Rainey's groundbreaking career and shows her personal side.

    Museum curator Fred Fussell said it's a fitting tribute to the Columbus-born singer known to many as the "Mother of the Blues."

    "She was a groundbreaking recording artist back in the 1920s. She was one of the first women, one of the first blues musicians to record records," Fussell said.

    Rainey bought the home at 805 {FIFTH} Ave. in 1935 and lived there until her death in 1939.

    It's a comfortable space, with finished hardwood floors, large windows and creme-colored walls. A collection of furniture from the 1920s, including Rainey's own bed, dresser and piano, contribute to the domestic motif, but this space is undoubtedly a museum with its rooms full of memorabilia.

    Visitors can read about all aspects of her career, including Rainey's debut at the Springer Opera House when she was just 14 years old and more than 90 of her recordings for the Paramount record label. Pictures and colorful posters show the singer in action. Records displayed in a wooden showcase reveal her influence on generations of performers. An antique Victrola plays Rainey's songs. A framed copy of Rainey's death certificate lists the legendary singer and business women's occupation as a housekeeper.

    The "Ma" Rainey Blues Museum has been closed since summer while the home underwent additional remodeling and restoration. A ribbon-cutting ceremony in August announced the end of an almost decade-long restoration project, costing approximately $150,000 and responsible for bringing the home back from the brink of demolition.

    Tour guide Lakeshia Gunn said the museum has seen 30 guests since its opening Thursday. New hours of operation and the promise of a unique collection of blues memorabilia should draw both music-lovers and historians to the home, Gunn said.

    "I really do encourage people to come and check it out," Gunn said. "It's a very, very exciting thing."
    Contact Lily Gordon at 706-576-6284

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