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ACTU to present Jazz Fest on Jan. 22

Arts for the Community at Thomas University will present “January Jazz Fest” on Jan. 22 featuring The Scotty Barnhart Quartet, The TCC Jazz Band from Tallahassee Community College under the direction of Michael Grant, and the Thomas University Jazz Ensemble.

“I am really excited about Scotty Barnhart and his quartet joining us this year,” stated series coordinator Karl Barton. “He was the primary organizer for the Florida Jazz Festival in Tallahassee that had its inauguration last September.  Scotty's idea of putting ‘top-notch artistry right in your backyard’ is exactly what we are attempting to do here in Thomasville.”

Scotty Barnhart is an internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, author and director of The Count Basie Orchestra. Prior to being selected director in September 2013, Barnhart was its featured trumpet soloist for 20 years and won two Grammy Awards with the orchestra. He has also worked with greats such as Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne and Ray Charles.

“The TCC Jazz Band is really a big band with lots of horns, a rhythm section and singers, while the other two groups represent the combo jazz approach that followed the big bands of the Swing Era,” Barton continued. “This year the TU Jazz Ensemble will be doing a short tribute to the great jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver featuring three of his compositions.”

The concert is part of the Sundays at Four series and will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, on the theater stage at the Thomasville Center for the Arts, located at 600 E. Washington St in Thomasville, Georgia.

“This is the third year our January Jazz concert will begin to approach a real festival featuring a few different groups,” Barton stated. “We are excited that this is becoming an annual tradition with a guest artist like Scotty Barnhart and his quartet!”

The concert is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. A reception will follow the performance. For additional information, email actu@thomasu.edu or call 229-227-6964.

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