Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jane Drake (Audio!) and Other Nearby Jazz, US Army Chorus with Atlanta Symphony and More

Jane Drake (pictured) will perform with her trio this Thursday (6/30) from 8-11 PM at Piccolo. Below I've embedded a moving rendition of "I've Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" from her 2005 release, Brand New Woman, which you can buy through her website. Listen to the track, and let's go hear her sing it live with bassist Sidney Simmons and pianist Jonathan Lynn.



 
Other Jazz in Auburn, Columbus, Tuskegee and Montgomery

This Friday and Saturday (7/1-2), jazz at Piccolo is off, but Sunday's (7/3) jazz brunch at Arricia will continue. Musicians will be Jack Dresher on bass, Sam Fredericks on drums and Joe Thomas on piano. Brunch is from 11-2.

Friday night (7/1), Tuskegee's Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center will continue its weekly dinner and jazz program. The music starts at 6:30 PM after dinner begins service at 5:30. Saxophonist Sam Williams and the Jazzmatics play.

Also on Friday (7/1), Silent Threat is on schedule for jazz at The Loft in Columbus from 7-9 PM **EASTERN TIME**. Personnel is Jeramy Stewart on piano, Charles Robinson on alto sax, Jeremiah Duhart on bass and Eric Rose on drums.

And in Montgomery, the Sunday (7/3) Jazz Jam will be at 1048 Jazz and Blues from 9:30 PM - 12:30 AM.


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

On Thursday afternoon (6/30), the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra together with the Atlanta Youth Orchestra will perform their Side-by-side Concert. Here's the event page. They'll play Holst’s “Jupiter” from The Planets, the "Overture Fantasy" from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, John Williams’s Star Wars Theme and more.

Then on Monday, July 4, the Atlanta Symphony will present its All-American Celebration. The US Army Chorus will be featured. Together they'll perform "patriotic standards, singalong anthems and classical thunder" (from the event page), ending up with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. The full program is listed on ASO's website. There will be fireworks.


In the Coming Weeks...

Auburn, Opelika
7/7 - Jane Drake Trio at Piccolo (Auburn)
7/8-9 - Regional jazz stars at Piccolo (Auburn)
7/10 - Jazz Brunch at Arricia (Auburn)
7/9 - Dupin's ballet, Children of Paradise, from the Paris Opera simulcast live at the Carmike Wynnsong 16 (Auburn)
7/22-23 - Auburn Knights Alumni Association Reunion at Opelika Marriott 

Columbus, Montgomery, LaGrange
7/10 - Jazz Jam at 1048 Jazz and Blues (Montgomery)
7/20 - Columbus Jazz Society presents Eric Thomas featuring Elevate the Quest 
9/24 - LaGrange Symphony Orchestra auditions

Atlanta
7/8 - The Music of ABBA with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
7/9 - Idina Menzel with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Atlanta)
7/15 - Casablanca featuring live music score by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Atlanta)
7/30 - Cirque de la Symphonie with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Atlanta)
8/12 - Bela Fleck and the Flektones at Delta Classic Chastain Park Ampitheater (Atlanta)
8/9, 8/11 - Atlanta Sacred Chorale holds 2011 auditions

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rave in Montgomery to Play Documentary Let the Children Play about Worldwide Youth Music Education Program

Below is a message from Laura Usiskin, who currently holds the cello fellowship with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.

Dear friends,

As many of you know, I have been working for many months to start a strings program for elementary school children in Montgomery. If you did not know that, now you do! The project is taking shape very nicely, and I'm very excited about it. I will definitely keep you all apprised of its progress.

One of the models that has been a great inspiration for the project is the Venezuelan program El Sistema. Through El Sistema, hundreds of thousands of children in Venezuela have learned to play instruments. The US is catching on; there are dozens of El Sistema programs cropping up all over our country.

Tomorrow [Thursday, 6/23] the movie Let the Children Play, a documentary about El Sistema and Gustavo Dudamel (30-year-old conductor of the LA Philharmonic and product of El Sistema), is being shown in movie theaters all over the country. It will be at Montgomery's own Rave at 6:30pm. I would encourage any of you who have curiosity about El Sistema and/or about the upcoming music program in Montgomery to attend.

I will be there, popcorn in hand!

Cheers,
Laura

The video embedded above is the trailer for the documentary. Click here to purchase tickets online. The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra's website has more about the orchestra's fellowship program. Laura's website is at laurausiskin.com.

Star Spangled Spectacular, Auburn Jazz, HD Opera and More

On Sunday (6/26) at 3:00 PM, Auburn United Methodist Church will present its 10th Annual Star Spangled Spectacular Concert (event page). It will feature the church's Festival Choir and a full professional orchestra. The concert is free, and a love offering will be received for the AUMC Organ Fund. An article on oanow.com about the event says that featured soloists will be Chris Kelsey and Jacquelyn Cruz. I have embedded a video at right of Kelsey singing at last year's event. This is always a big production. Expect to hear pretty voices singing sacred music, show tunes, some Gershwin and maybe a few things about the USA.

Auburn Jazz

Tomorrow night (Thursday, 6/23) the Jane Drake Trio will play at Piccolo for Jane's weekly gig there. I have not heard that personnel will be any different than Sidney Simmons and Jonathan Lynn, her usual and capable rhythm section.

On Friday (6/24), Taylor Kennedy headlines at Piccolo. Here's his myspace page. And Saturday (6/25) is Kenyon Carter, whose website is linked here. Here's a link to a jazztimes.com article reviewing Carter's latest CD, Right by My Side, and I embedded a tune by Kennedy's quartet in my last event post. All shows at Piccolo are 8-11 PM.

Arricia will have its weekly jazz brunch, Sunday (6/26), 11-2. Playing will be Jack Dresher on bass, Joe Thomas on piano and Sam Fredericks on drums.

Hi-Def Opera in Montgomery

Tonight (Wednesday, 6/22) at 6:30 PM, at Rave Motion Pictures in Montgomery, comic opera Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti will play as part of the New York Metropolitan Opera's series, The Met: Live in HD. Soprano Anna Netrebko plays trickster love interest Norina. Call 334-244-1355 for more information or buy tickets by clicking this link. If you're on Facebook, here's a link to a terrific video excerpt featuring Netrebko from this production that the Met has uploaded to its Facebook page. And here's the link to a PDF of the cast sheet and synopsis from the Met's website.

Then next Wednesday (6/29), same theater, same time, the Met's production of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra will play. Placido Domingo stars. Here's the link for tickets. And here's the link to the production's cast sheet and synopsis.

Columbus at The Loft and Jazz in Tuskegee, Montgomery 
On Friday at The Loft in Columbus, saxophonist and vocalist Kevin Vannoy plays with his quartet. Show times are 7-9 PM **EASTERN TIME**. Others playing will be pianist Mark Young, bassist Kenny Lewis and drummer David Morgan.

Also on Friday, saxophonist Sam Williams and the Jazzmatics will be at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in Tuskegee. Dinner starts at 5:30 PM and the music begins at 6:30 PM.

Sunday night (6/26), 1048 Jazz and Blues will have its regular Sunday jazz jam session from 9:30 PM to 12:30. There's a $5 cover. The "Montgomery - River Region Music Live" page on Facebook says that Williams and drummer Steve Ellington will host.

Stuff in the News

Just in case you're interested, below are links to a couple of al.com articles about groups and events that I've mentioned recently.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Railroad Park have a bright future
Mithril, Roman Street reunite for Saenger show

Events Coming Up in Auburn, Opelika
7/9 - Children of Paradise from the Paris Opera simulcast live at the Carmike Wynnsong 16 (Auburn)
7/22-23 - Auburn Knights Alumni Association Reunion at Opelika Marriott

...in Columbus, Montgomery, LaGrange
7/20 - Columbus Jazz Society presents Eric Thomas featuring Elevate the Quest 
9/24 - LaGrange Symphony Orchestra auditions (LaGrange)

...in Atlanta
6/30 - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Youth Orchestra play Holst, Williams, Tchaikovsky, more
7/4 - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's All-American Celebration
7/8 - The Music of ABBA with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
7/9 - Idina Menzel with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Atlanta)
7/15 - Casablanca featuring live music score by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Atlanta)
7/30 - Cirque de la Symphonie with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Atlanta)
8/12 - Bela Fleck and the Flektones at Delta Classic Chastain Park Ampitheater (Atlanta)
8/9, 8/11 - Atlanta Sacred Chorale holds 2011 auditions

Monday, June 20, 2011

Should Be Another Good AU Summer Jazz Concert Tonight (Monday, 6/20)

Tonight at 7:30 PM, the Auburn University Jazz Quintet will present the second AU Summer Jazz Concert. Here is the event page from AU's music calendar. Personnel will be faculty members Russell Haight on sax, Matt Wood on trombone and Doug Rosener on drums. Joining them will be two student players, bassist Sidney Simmons and pianist Jonathan Lynn.

The video embedded here is of Russell Haight, now the AU jazz and saxophone instructor, playing with Gabrielle Santiago's group in Austin a couple of years ago. His solo starts about 4:23. When I've heard him, Haight has played even better than on this video, but I can't find anything more recent except for an AU promo for tonight's concert that doesn't really do the group justice.

Haight is a virtuosic improviser. He can connect long phrases over a piece's changing harmonies, creating an easy melodic continuity. And, though I think he will stand out as the star of the show, as he did when the group performed on May 23, there is real talent among all the players.

From Matt Wood, AU's Assistant Professor of Trombone, you'll hear some real seductive playing, especially on the ballads and bluesy pieces. He chooses his notes carefully, and harmonically hints at maybe some free-jazz tendencies. I bet he'd be good at the weird stuff. Doug Rosener is the Assistant Professor of Percussion and the Assistant Director of Bands. One of his fortes is encouraging great chamber performances from his students. As a jazz drummer, he has very good time and plays with a clear precision.

Student members Jonathan Lynn on piano and Sidney Simmons on bass are probably a couple of the best jazz players to come through Auburn in a good while. I've mentioned Simmons's melodic solos before, and Lynn's voicings sometimes seem to channel the long-revered AU jazz guru, Bob Richardson. The two offer good support to the faculty players, and the group as a whole presents its music with skill and clarity.

Music you'll hear will be "Stars Fell on Alabama," "Night in Tunisia," "Corcovado" and other night-themed tunes.

I am grateful to Auburn University for hiring faculty like this and for supporting jazz as an art form. It means we get more chances to hear good music more often. I may have to be a little late, but I hope to see you there.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pat Martino in the ATL, Russell Haight and AU Jazz, Opera in Cinema and More

Legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino is playing at Center Stage in Atlanta on Saturday (6/18). Here's the event page. At right is a kind of loud and fairly recent phone video (probably) of Martino playing a phenomenal solo on "Impressions." Here's another better-made but less interesting clip video with some interviewing and some playing. There's plenty on YouTube if you need more convincing. Here's his website.

AU Jazz, Piccolo and Ariccia Shows, Opera Simulcast Encore

On Monday (6/20), the second Auburn Summer Jazz Concert will play at Goodwin Hall. Here's the event page. If it's anything like the last one, which I accurately foreshadowed would be very good, this one will feature the inseparable AU student rhythm duo Sidney Simmons (bass) and Jonathan Lynn (piano) with faculty members Russell Haight on sax, Matt Wood on trombone and Doug Rosener on drums. However, I have not confirmed that roster. I'll post more details as I learn them.

Next Wednesday (6/22) an encore of the simulcast of Verdi's Macbeth from London's Royal Opera House will play at the Carmike Wynnsong 16 in Auburn at 7:30 PM. This is part of Emerging Pictures's Opera in Cinema series which I have discussed in a couple (1, 2) of recent posts.

Tonight (Thursday, 6/16) jazz vocalist Jane Drake will be joined at Piccolo by Columbus pianist Tom Chadwick. Quote from Jane: "Chadwick is an excellent pianist, composer and arranger who knows a huge amount of songs and can play them in any key, so he's fun to work with."

Then Friday (6/17), Troy saxophonist La'Roy Bodiford returns, as do Simmons and Lynn with drummer Tim Chambliss. Saturday's (6/18) headliner is Atlanta saxophonist Taylor Kennedy playing in the jazz-bass-trio format with Tim and Sidney. If you think you know a player, listen to them without the support and, conversely, the restraints of a chordal instrument. Kennedy's a good player so it should be interesting, and I'm happy to see this format presented. Among other things, I suspect we'll hear more of Simmons's good melodic bass solos.

Though the Saturday gig at Piccolo will be different personnel, here is a repost of some audio by the Taylor Kennedy Quintet.

Arricia's Sunday (6/19) jazz brunch will feature the Jack Dresher trio with Jack on bass, Troy drummer Sam Fredericks and pianist Joe Thomas.

Tuskegee, Columbus and Montgomery

Friday and Saturday nights (6/17-18), Sam Williams and the All Stars will be playing jazz at Tuskegee's Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center for its Jazz Jam Festival. Dinner will be served at 5:30 PM and the music starts at 7:00 both nights. I heard a little bit of Sam sitting in at Piccolo a few weeks ago. He has a great ear.

Also on Friday (6/17) at The Loft in Columbus, the Bill Perry Trio will perform from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM **EASTERN TIME**. That's Perry (from Tuskegee) on piano, Emory Kidd on bass and Ben Weldon on drums. Here's a link to a video I've shared before of Perry playing and being interviewed. I've cued the link up to one of the short samples of his playing.

Then Sunday (6/19) in Montgomery is the weekly jazz jam session at 1048 Jazz and Blues in Montgomery.

Shape-note Singing in Birmingham

This doesn't exactly fit into my normal subject matter, but the 32nd Annual National Sacred Harp Singing Convention takes place today through Saturday (6/16-18). I mention it because, though I don't know the music, I feel that it is culturally significant, and has deep, artistic value. Also, when I listen to recordings and watch videos online, it's as if I'm listening to people who have figured out a musical formula for piercing the veil that separates Earth from Heaven. Here is a page from the Ole Miss website that has a couple of video samples.

Events Coming Up in Auburn, Opelika
6/23 - Jane Drake Trio at Piccolo
6/24 - saxophonist Taylor Kennedy at Piccolo
6/25 - saxophonist Kenyon Carter at Piccolo
7/9 - Children of Paradise from the Paris Opera simulcast live at the Carmike Wynnsong 16 (Auburn)
7/22-23 - Auburn Knights Alumni Association Reunion at Opelika Marriott

...in Columbus, Montgomery, LaGrange
6/24 - Kevin Vannoy (sax, vocals) at The Loft (Columbus)
6/26 - Jazz jam session at 1048 Jazz and Blues (Montgomery)
9/24 - LaGrange Symphony Orchestra auditions (LaGrange)

...in Atlanta
6/30 - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Youth Orchestra play Holst, Williams, Tchaikovsky, more
7/4 - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's All-American Celebration
8/9, 8/11 - Atlanta Sacred Chorale holds 2011 auditions

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Met's Madama Butterfly at Rave Motion Pictures in Montgomery

I just got an e-mail this week from the Montgomery Symphony--I'm not special, I'm just on the mailing list--about another opera simulcast encore. This one is not part of Emerging Pictures's Opera in Cinema series that I've mentioned in my last post and others. This is from The Met: Live in HD. It is Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and it will show at Rave Motion Pictures in Montgomery tomorrow night (Wednesday, 6/15) at 6:30 PM.

Address for the theater is 7925 Vaughn Road, Festival Plaza, Montgomery. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for children and $18 for Seniors. For more information, call 334-244-1355.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Actual Jazz at Alex City Jazz Fest, Opera Simulcast, Columbus Jazz Society and More

Opera in Cinema, Jazz at Piccolo and Ariccia

On Monday (6/13), Verdi's Macbeth from the Royal Opera House will be simulcast at 1:30 PM at the Carmike Wynnsong 16 in Auburn. Here's another post where I talk more about this series of presentations of some of Earth's highest art beamed into our little village here on the Alabama plains. That's Opera in Cinema's promotional video at right.

Tonight (6/9) from 8-11, the Jane Drake Trio will perform at Auburn's Piccolo. I just did a rehearsal with her Tuesday night for something else, and feel strongly that there are potential fans out there who don't even know that she has a regular thing at Piccolo. Playing with her each week are bassist Sidney Simmons and pianist Jonathan Lynn, both AU students to check out while we have them with us.

Simmons and Lynn (there's a good stage name) will be back on Friday night (6/10) at Piccolo to support saxophonist La'Roy Bodiford from Troy. Here's another post with video of him playing with the Troy University Jazz Band. La'Roy is a powerful player. I heard him a couple of weeks ago, walking in on his final chorus of "Misty." It was just beautiful. And he is versatile, as evidenced by this video of him playing a great solo on Georgia Satellites's "Hands to Yourself" with the JB Roberts Band at Skybar in Auburn.

Then on Saturday night (6/11), saxophonist Coleman Woodson from Montgomery will headline with Patrick Bruce on bass and Kermit Orr on piano. His son, Coleman Woodson, III, who often plays there on piano, will be at Ariccia for its jazz brunch on Sunday (6/12) with Patrick Bruce, on guitar this time, and David Zuwiyya on drums, 11 AM - 2 PM. Patrick and I had a great jazz-duo gig at Hamilton's on Magnolia this past Monday night.

Alex City Jazz Fest, Columbus Jazz Society, Montgomery Jam

The Alexander City Jazz Fest will be this Friday and Saturday (6/10-11) at the Lake Martin Ampitheater. As other festivals do across this great land, this one uses the term "jazz" loosely. The performers are mostly rock or blues artists and jam bands. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I have friends who are rock or blues artists and jam bands. But there is one act that brings Alex City's event into compliance. The Yonrico Scott Band performs on Saturday (6/11) at 6:30 PM. This is a good band. Yonrico Scott is part of the Derek Trucks Band that won 2009's Grammy for best contemporary blues band. He has played with everybody (figuratively) including Ray Charles, Gary Burton, Aretha, Whitney and the list goes on.

Below is "Crawfish" from the Yonrico Scott Band's 2004 release, Turning the Corner. The flute player (keyboards, too), Kofi Burbridge, is awesome. This may be his tune. Bassist is Todd Smallie. Listen to more tracks on Scott's music page, and, if you can make it, lake it. I just made that up.

Yonrico Scott Band's "Crawfish"

On Sunday after the jazz brunch, go home, take a nap, then head over to Columbus to hear Solar at the Liberty Theatre from 6-9 PM **EASTERN TIME**. At the time of this posting, the Columbus Jazz Society's website has extensive information up about the group. Saxophonist Fred Ezekiel has played at Piccolo a couple of times recently, as has drummer David Morgan. I had a good gig at Hamilton's a couple months ago with the guitarist, Elwood Madeo. Other players are Auburn Knights alum David Johnston and pianist Donald Tipton. There will be an open jam session after the show.
 
In Columbus on Friday (6/10) at The Loft will be jazz group Silent Threat from 7-9 PM **EASTERN TIME**.

In Montgomery on Sunday (6/12), 1048 Jazz and Blues will host its weekly jazz jam session, 9:30 - 12:30.

Atlanta and Alabama Symphony Orchestras

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is presenting Puccini's Madama Butterfly tonight (6/9), Saturday and Sunday (6/11-12). Here's the event page. The cast is an international one with bios full of top awards and performances at top venues so maybe they sing good.

Each night this weekend, Friday to Sunday, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra will perform a different concert at Birmingham's Railroad Park. The symphony has made the concerts free to the public and each night will collect certain food and household items for the tornado victims. Here is the event page with a link to a list of items. On Friday and Saturday, they'll perform popular pieces from standard repertoire like Dvorak's Ninth Symphony, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture and others. Family Fun Sunday will be a pops concert. It looks like a lot of fun.

Events Upcoming

Local
6/16 - Jane Drake Trio at Piccolo
6/17-18 - Jazz at Piccolo
6/19 - Jack Dresher Trio plays Jazz Brunch at Ariccia
6/20 - Auburn Summer Jazz Concert at Goodwin Hall (Auburn)
6/22 - Macbeth simulcast encore at the Carmike Wynnsong 16 (Auburn)
7/9 - Children of Paradise from the Paris Opera simulcast live at the Carmike Wynnsong 16 (Auburn)
7/22-23 - Auburn Knights Alumni Association Reunion at Opelika Marriott 

Columbus and Montgomery
6/17 - Bill Perry Trio at The Loft (Columbus)
6/19 - Jazz jam session at 1048 Jazz and Blues (Montgomery)

Atlanta and Birmingham
6/16-18 - 32nd Annual National Sacred Harp Singing Convention (Birmingham)
6/18 - Jazz guitarist Pat Martino at Center Stage (Atlanta)
7/4 - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's All-American Celebration
8/9, 8/11 - Atlanta Sacred Chorale holds 2011 auditions

Friday, June 3, 2011

My Jazz Demo Tracks Recorded in New Orleans in April, 2010

Here are two jazz tracks I recorded in New Orleans in April of 2010. Personnel is pianist Matt Lemmler, bassist Jesse Boyd and drummer Karl Budo. Matt, Jesse and I studied together at Loyola University. I am so appreciative of the talent that all of these guys brought to the studio for this quick session. We recorded at Vital Sounds Recording Studio, a student-run company at Loyola. Ed Seyler was the engineer. David Holmes wouldn't go get sandwiches. But it's ok because nobody really wanted sandwiches, and I was too nervous to eat anything.

There Will Never Be Another You

Softly as in a Morning Sunrise

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Roman Street in Hoover, Chamber Music à la Mode in LaGrange, Jazz in Auburn and More

Sunday's (6/5) Preserve Jazz Festival in Hoover looks to be a great set for fans of smooth jazz. There will be national names like saxophonist Boney James and guitarist Earl Klugh. Birmingham guitarist Eric Essix will perform with Tampa-based saxophinst Eric Darius, both with international reputations. But if I were going, I would check out Roman Street. It's a guitar duo from Mobile that sometimes performs with a full band. From what I can hear online, they really present a lovely acoustic sound with some hip, international flavors. There are several videos to watch, and I found one with poor audio but great energy to embed here.

Including Me

On Monday (6/6), Auburn guitarist Patrick Bruce and I will play jazz at Hamilton's on Magnolia. We play standards and a few things that are off the beaten path. Come have half-price martinis, a good meal and make a request or two. Hamilton's is a great venue for jazz.

Next Thursday (6/9), The highly acclaimed Yellow Hammer Restaurant in Waverly will host a wine-dinner benefit for the tornado victims of Tallapoosa County. They've asked The Woodfield Trio to perform for the patrons, and we were more than happy to accept. The trio is a chamber group comprised of me, cellist Charles Wright and pianist Barbara Acker-Mills. Call the restaurant at (334) 887-5800 to make reservations. The Yellow Hammer wine-dinner scheduled for June 9 has been postponed.

Other Local Sounds

Tomorrow (6/2), the Jane Drake Trio will continue with its Thursday-night performances at Piccolo. Her cohorts are bassist Sidney Simmons and pianist Jonathan Lynn. These guys are AU students who played last week with faculty at the Auburn Summer Jazz Concert, which was, just as I predicted, very good.

On Friday (6/3) and Saturday (6/4), Piccolo will host its weekly jazz series which highlights top local and regional musicians. On Sunday, Ariccia will serve up its jazz brunch from 11-2. I will update this post once I find out who is playing.

UPDATE: Tim Chambliss just commented on this post to let us know that Piccolo headliners will be Columbus saxophonist Fred Ezekiel on Friday night and AU jazz instructor and saxophonist Russell Haight on Saturday night. Both of these players are definitely worth checking out. Haight, in particular, has skills you would expect to hear in New Orleans, Nashville or Memphis. Maybe Atlanta. Maybe. I have a gig, of all things.

In the One-hour Circle (Montgomery, Columbus, Lagrange)

Jazz group Just Friends performs at The Loft in Columbus from 7-9 **EASTERN TIME** this Friday (6/3). I'll say again not to worry if you don't see the Friday night jazz info on The Loft's calendar online. The Columbus Jazz Society is good about keeping its website updated with The Loft's jazz schedule. Personnel of Just Friends is saxophonist Jeremy Pownell, drummer Joe Baccus, bassist Joee Nagem and pianist Donald Tipton.

On Sunday (6/5) at 5:00 PM **EASTERN TIME**, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra presents Sundae Serenades, an afternoon of chamber music and ice cream. I have a cellist friend, who has not given me permission to quote him, but who says the program will definitely be worthwhile. Auburn Community Orchestra's principal violinist, Lorna Wood, will be among those performing.

Also on Sunday (6/5), 1048 Jazz and Blues in Montgomery will hold its weekly jazz jam starting at 9:30 PM.

Atlanta

On Saturday (6/4), the Atlanta Sacred Chorale will present its season finale at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts on campus at Emory University. According to the website, this will be a repeat of their performance in Montgomery at Memorial Presbyterian on 5/15. Here's the event page.

With performances tomorrow (6/2) and Saturday (6/4) the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform Alvin Singleton's After Fallen Crumbs; James Oliverio's Dynasty, a double tympani concerto; and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances. The orchestra will also premier the last two of ten fanfares written for this season "in celebration of the 10-year artistic partnership of Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles, and 10 years of the Atlanta School of Composers." That was a quote from this press release, and here is the event page from ASO's website.

Birmingham Area

Thursday night (6/2), Alabama Symphony string players will present the second of two Summer Serenades at Samford University's Brock Recital Hall. They'll do Mozart's Eine Kliene Nachtmusik, Dvorak's Serenade for Strings and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings. Here's the event page.

Then on Friday (6/3), the full Alabama Symphony Orchestra will share the stage with the Black Jacket Symphony to present The Beatles's album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Here's the event page.

On Saturday (6/4), nationally acclaimed and Grammy-award winning smooth-jazz guitarist Earl Klugh will perform at Brock Recital Hall at 7:00 PM. The concert is billed as a Preserve Prelude to the Preserve Jazz Festival I mentioned up top. Tickets are high, but include admission to Sunday's festival and also benefit the Rev. John T. Porter Minority Scholarship at Samford. Birmingham guitarist Eric Essix will also perform. Here's a press release with more.

Local Events Next Week and Beyond 
6/9 - Jane Drake Trio at Piccolo (Auburn)
6/10-11 - Local and regional jazz musicians perform at Piccolo (Auburn)
6/12 - Jazz Brunch at Ariccia (Auburn)
6/13 - Verdi's Macbeth from the Royal Opera House simulcast at the Carmike Wynnsong 16 (Auburn)
6/20 - Auburn Summer Jazz Concert at Goodwin Hall (Auburn)
6/22 - Macbeth simulcast encore at the Carmike Wynnsong 16 (Auburn)

Not Quite as Local
6/10 - Silent Threat at The Loft (Columbus)
6/10-11 - Alexander City Jazz Fest
6/12 - Solar at the Liberty Theatre (Columbus)

More to come ATL and BHM...
6/9-12 - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents Puccini's Madama Butterfly (Atlanta)
6/10 - Alabama Symphony Orchestra plays Weber, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Dvorak (B'ham)
6/11 - Alabama Symphony Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky (Birmingham)
6/12 - Alabama Symphony Orchestra pops concert (Birmingham)
6/18 - Jazz guitarist Pat Martino at Center Stage (Atlanta)