Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lunchtime Classical, AUHCC Jazz, "Funk" tastique in Columbus and Herbie Hancock in the Ham

Tomorrow (4/28) at noon, the AU student saxophone quartet and the AU student bassoon ensemble will perform for the free lunchtime concert. Last Thursday's percussion ensemble was really special. More and more, I'm impressed by Auburn's student performances. Full schedule here.

Columbus guitarist Elwood Madeo and I will play the jazz music Monday (5/2) at Hamilton's on Magnolia, 6:30 - 9:00.

Ok, now for everyone else's gigs.

Good local and regional jazz artists will play the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center again this week. On Thursday (4/28) from 8-11, the Jane Drake (website) trio will be in Piccolo, the hotel's bar that serves appetizer dishes. Bassist Sidney Simmons and pianist Jonathan Lynn, a couple of the top jazz students from AU, join her.

Friday night (4/29), 8-11, at Piccolo is saxophonist Taylor Kennedy from Atlanta. Below is an embed (that may be having problems, so you might see a big blank space before "On Saturday night...") from his MySpace page. His solo is right after the head. If Piccolo presents as it has been doing, he'll be featured with two regional rhythm section players. I'll try to find out who.

On Saturday night (4/30), 8-11 again, is another Atlanta saxophonist, Neil Newcomb. Click here for his website. And then Ariccia, the hotel's restaurant, has a weekly Sunday jazz brunch from 11-2. Again, I'll work on personnel for these events.

Symphony "Funk" tastique happens this Saturday night (4/30) at 7:30 PM at the River Center in Columbus, Georgia. This is the Columbus Symphony Orchestra doing Berlioz (ohhhh, I get it), Delius and the Barber Piano Concerto Op. 38. Event page here. This appears to be straight orchestra music. The wild and crazy marketing is just for draw, and more power to 'em. The concerto will feature guest artist Andrea Lam, embedded at right, thanks to YouTube. Click here for another video of the Columbus orchestra doing a youth workshop and concert.

And this Saturday and Sunday (4/30 - 5/1), the AU singers will do three shows. I mentioned them before and the great musicians backing them up in another post, [UPDATE 4/28] which was largely erroneous.

Get tickets now to the Herbie Hancock show at the Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham on June 1 at 7:00 PM. In my heart, I wrote that in all caps. Event page here.

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