The Clayton State University Department of Visual & Performing Arts presents the Clayton Community Big Band in “The Season Swings: Jazz Twists On Holiday Music” on Monday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. Admission is free.
“Consider your admission a gift from Santa,” says CCBB director Stacey Houghton with a smile.
“The Season Swings: Jazz Twists On Holiday Music” is the CCBB’s first all-holiday program, and was chosen as the fall 2011 concert theme based on fan feedback.
“Of all the many requests we receive from band members, audiences, and the Clayton State University community, the suggestion for an entire program of Christmas music continues to ring the loudest,” shares Houghton. “We are happy to oblige with a concert that includes not only Christmas melodies, but also other music suitable for the upcoming winter solstice.”
Many of the arrangements planned for the evening's performance come from some of the most respected modern big band writers, including Tom Kubis, Gordon Goodwin, and John Clayton. Houghton will also contribute a few original arrangements.
Musicians performing in “The Season Swings: Jazz Twists On Holiday Music” include: Houghton (Rex), Director and Tenor Saxophone; Art Thompson (Fayetteville) Assistant Director and Drums; Carl Dixon (Morrow), Rodney Allen, Jr. (Augusta), Avys Burroughs (Jonesboro), Brandon Patman (Decatur), and John Babb (McDonough), saxophone; Anthony G. Bailey (Decatur), Michael Wheeler (Forest Park), Josh Singleton (Conyers), Mark Lewis (McDonough), and Taylor Threlkeld (Morrow), trumpet; Doug Murray (Jonesboro), Keith Gardner (McDonough), Derrick Jackson (Morrow), and Mark Gladfelter (Ellenwood); trombone; Marvin Pollock (Forest Park), Yvette Smith (Conyers), and Xavier Jones (Ellenwood), piano; Chris Grajko (McDonough) and Armand Culpepper (Jonesboro), guitar; Jennifer Dunn (Morrow), bass; and Court Tatum (Jonesboro), drums/percussion. Melissa Callender (Stockbridge) is the performance’s featured vocalist.
“The music is all steeped within the many styles of the jazz tradition...swing, funk, ballads, and contemporary idioms. The evening should lift the spirit of the season and be fun for the entire family. Come join us in the holiday celebration, where the season swings!” says Houghton.
The Clayton Community Big Band, now in its eleventh year of performances, is made up of Clayton State University music students and talented volunteer musicians from the surrounding area.
For more information on the CCBB performance of “The Season Swings: Jazz Twists On Holiday Music,” please contact CCBB Director Stacey Houghton at HOUGHTONES@aol.com or call (678) 466-4750.