5 Fridays Of Free Jazz: Birth Of Cool Ensemble

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Levitt Shell says
The soft and soulful sounds of jazz will return to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3080 Poplar Ave.) for an encore season of Five Fridays of Jazz, a free concert series starting March 3 – April 28, 2017 featuring some of the region’s great jazz entertainers.

Following last year’s performances, which welcomed hundreds of music lovers each night, organizers with Levitt Shell, Memphis Public Libraries, and Memphis Library Foundation teamed up again to bring another decorated show line-up. Doors open at 6 p.m. (A cash bar and food will be available each night also.) For more information call (901)415-2700.

The Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra has a long reputation of musical excellence at the University of Memphis. The group is comprised of 17 outstanding full-time university student musicians ranging from undergraduates through doctoral candidates. The ensemble performs a wide range of styles from composers Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington to modern composers such as Jim McNeely and Bob Brookmeyer. The group continually performs and records new student compositions, commissions, and new works from outside composers on an annual basis.

Past performances have included a tour of Europe and presentations at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, and the Tennessee Music Educators Association convention. Most recently the group was honored to be a part of the National Endowment of the Humanities "Looking at Jazz" series held in the Mid-South.

They have recorded two CDs, "Voices" and "Out of the Bluffs" for Select-O-Hits, Memphis.
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By: Levitt Shell

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