The State University of West Georgia Jazz Ensemble is a big band of 19 musicians under the direction of Dr. Daniel Bakos, professor of music at UWG (Carrollton).
The ensemble performs big band jazz music of famous and historic bands such as Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington, Stand Kenton and more contemporary works from as Tom Kubis, Lew Anderson, John Fedchock and others. Chris Vadala, Vince DiMartino, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Lew Soloff, Joe Temperly, Rob McConnell and Gary Foster are some of the well-known musicians who have played with the ensemble.
The ensemble performs extensively throughout the Southeast, toured Europe in 2001 and currently is looking toward a second European tour. The jazz ensemble hosts the annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival during April.
The Jazz Ensemble will present a concert, free to the public, at the Jewish Educational Alliance (5111 Abercorn St.) at 1:30 p.m. on May 14.
The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Attend and listen to works such as an arrangement of “Dancing in the Dark” for the Stan Kenton Band by Gerry Milligan, “Stella by Starlight,” “Free Beer,” “Uno Mas,” “Sister Sadie,” “Blues Down to the Shues,” and others.
For more information call (912) 355-8111 or go to www.savj.org.