The Clayton State University Department of Visual & Performing Arts presents the Clayton State University Jazz Combo in “Groove Factor: The Expressive Side of Jazz” on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. Admission is free.
According to Clayton State University Jazz Combo Director Stacey Houghton, the concert presents a collection of compositions and jazz standards that focus on the “groove” -- that propulsive, rhythmic feel set by the group’s rhythm section that encourages the perfect atmosphere for soloists to create emotional improvisations. “The groove cannot be explained....it can only be ‘felt,’” he says.
Musicians performing in “Groove Factor: The Expressive Side of Jazz” include: Stacey Houghton (Rex), director and saxophone; Wilgens Pierre (Hampton) and Josh Singleton (Conyers), trumpets; Rodney Allen, Jr. (Augusta), alto saxophone; Avys Burroughs (Jonesboro) and Brandon Patman (Decatur), tenor saxophones; Afolabi Giwa (Fayetteville) and Fabrice Medastin (Stockbridge), piano; Kelly Jarrard (McDonough), guitar and vocal; Jennifer Dunn (Morrow), acoustic bass; Prakash Acharya (Jonesboro), electric bass; and Elliott Phillips (Hapeville), drums.
“Come share with us in a dramatic evening of groove-based music from a diverse list of composers, including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Benny Golson, and Cole Porter,” invites Houghton. Himself a talented composer, Houghton’s own groovy compositions will also be on the program.
In addition to the Nov. 9 performance, jazz lovers should mark their calendars to celebrate the holidays with the Clayton Community Big Band on Monday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall as the band performs “The Season Swings: Jazz Twists on Holiday Music.” Houghton laughs, “Admission is a gift from Santa!” This concert is free and open to the public.
For more information on the Clayton State University Jazz Combo or the Clayton Community Big Band, please contact Houghton at HOUGHTONES@aol.com or call (678) 466-4750.