The Clayton State University Department of Visual & Performing Arts presents the Clayton State University Jazz Combo in “We Write, We Play,” a concert featuring student compositions and arrangements, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 25, in Spivey Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
Directed by Stacey Houghton (Rex), “We Write, We Play” will introduce several new compositions and arrangements by Clayton State University students including Josh Singleton, Kelly Jarrard, Avys Burroughs, Afolabi Giwa, and Prakash Acharya in addition to a mix of jazz standards.
“We have featured an occasional student composition in past programs, but tonight's show marks the first that features many original numbers,” shares Houghton. “Over half of our performance is composed and/or arranged by our students and director. All of the student originals are Spivey Hall debuts, and they come in a variety of styles. Come share in an evening of jazz music that you truly have never heard before!”
With the “We Write” talent introduced, making good on the “We Play” part of the performance’s title are the following talented Clayton State University Jazz Combo musicians: Josh Singleton (Conyers) & Wilgens Pierre (Hampton) on trumpet; Rodney Allen, Jr. (Augusta) on alto saxophone and piano; Houghton, Avys Burroughs (Jonesboro) and Brandon Patman (Decatur) on tenor saxophone; Afolabi Giwa (Fayetteville) on piano; Kelly Jarrard (McDonough) on guitar and vocals; Prakash Acharya (Jonesboro) on electric bass; and Elliott Phillips (Hapeville) on drums.
To learn more about the Apr. 25 “We Write, We Play” performance, contact Houghton at HOUGHTONES@aol.com or call (678) 466-4750. Directions to Spivey Hall, located on the main campus of Clayton State University, are available at www.clayton.edu.
Also forthcoming at Spivey Hall under the direction of Stacey Houghton and Assistant Director Art Thompson is “2-Hour Energy,” a concert filled with fast-paced, contemporary big band music. “2-Hour Energy” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 30, in Spivey Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.