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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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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 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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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

"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


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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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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