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Jazz Arts Initative presenting Swing Jazz Series
Terreance Blanchard kicks off program on Oct. 13
 
Published Thursday, October 11, 2012 9:07 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative is presenting “Swing Jazz Series,” a four-part concert event featuring The John Brown Big Band.


Grammy Award-winning artist Terrence Blanchard is headlining the first concert Oct. 13 at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.


Jazz Arts Initiative is a local non-profit committed to supporting local musicians and exposing the community to the beauty of jazz on a broader level. Founder Lonnie Davis says there are several other initiatives in the works, and the Swing Jazz Series is just a taste of what is to come.


“We are thrilled to be doing the work that we are doing,” Davis said. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work in the Charlotte community. This community is so open to welcoming this new concept of making jazz a priority and making it something that can be beneficial to the community as a whole.”


Saturday’s performance will kick off the Swing Jazz Series, which celebrates the spirit of Swing. Future headliners include Grammy-nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon and tenor saxophonist Tia Fuller, who has played with Beyoncé. Legendary trumpeter Jon Faddis will close out the series performing at the final concert.


Blanchard, a top tier jazz trumpeter from New Orleans, is a five-time Grammy winner who has enjoyed a multifaceted career. In addition to being a success in the jazz camp, Blanchard is also a renowned film-score and soundtrack composer, most recently for George Lucas’ 2012 film “Red Tails”.


John Brown is a bassist, composer, educator and actor. The Fayetteville-native currently lives in Durham where he serves as the director of the jazz program and associate professor of the practice of music at Duke University.


Brown has been performing professionally since he was a teenager. He has performed internationally with Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis and Delfeayo Marsalis; Elvin Jones, Nnenna Freelon, Diahann Carroll, Rosemary Clooney, Nell Carter and Loud Donaldson.


To purchase tickets for the Swing Jazz Series, visit CarolinaTix.org or call (704) 372-1000.

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