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Columbus jazz events: Cavaliers to play outdoor concert

You’re going to think that all I’m going to write about is jazz.

I can’t help it. It seems that jazz is taking the lead right now. But all you have to do is look in the Arts and Music calendars and you’ll find all sorts of other music concerts.

Tonight, the Cavaliers Orchestra will play at 7:30 p.m. in the Lakebottom Park Bandshell.

The weather should be perfect for an outdoor concert. Just remember to take a light wrap or sweater in case you get chilly.

The Cavaliers, founded in 1946, are keeping the Big Band concept alive.

Take a picnic basket, lawn chair or blanket and listen to the standards under the stars.

Concert and Jam Session

On Sunday, from 6-9 p.m., the Columbus Jazz Society’s monthly JazzJam and concert will be held at the Liberty Theatre, 821 Eighth Ave.

The special guest is Trey Wright, a jazz guitarist, composer and recording artist based in Roswell, an Atlanta suburb.

At the University of Georgia, he studied jazz improv with pianist and composer Steve Dancz.

In 1994, he co-founded the jazz band, Squat. The group has won the Best Jazz Band designation for six years by the Flagpole Athens Jazz Festival.

Wright has been the featured artist in the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Bel Chere, the Twilight Athens Jazz Festival, the Cherry Blossom Festival, Harvest Midtown and AthFest.

Several of his compositions have been featured on Sirius Radio.

Besides managing the band and producing its six CDs, Wright also performs and tours with Squat.

He’s performed with the Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip, bassist John Patitucci, saxophonist Joe Lovano and Mel Bay recording artist Corey Christiansen.

Wright has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz a Vienne and the World Sacred Music Festival in Bangalore, India.

In 2002, he finished his masters of music degree in jazz studies at Georgia State University and is now the the faculty of Kennesaw State University and the Atlanta Institute of Music.

As you can see, he’s a very accomplished musician and I think you’ll like him.

Tickets are $10. The concert begins at 6 p.m. with the jam at 8 p.m. Musicians who come to play get in free.

Call 706-660-9295.

The orchestra takes a bow

When I went to see “The Full Monty” in the Springer Opera House last week, I was very impressed with the orchestra playing in the pit. These musicans were fabulous. When I looked in the program, none of the musicians were listed.

Conductor Morris Foor sent me an e-mail.

“This was an all-star lineup and many have stated to me that perhaps this was the best ensemble to be assembled for a Springer show,” he wrote. “Being the contractor and performer, and a professional for 40 years, I must concur.”

So here’s the list of musicians:

Morris Foor, drum set and percussion (former staff musician, Walt Disney World); Alexander Pershounin, bass (the Jazz Studies Director and bass instructor for the Schwob School of Music); Jonathan White, electric and acoustic guitars; James McLeod and Joe Garza, trumpet; Jeremy Pownall and CSU graduate students Jeremy Pownall, saxophones and Justen Waller, trombone.

Congratulations on a great show.

Sandra Okamoto, sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.com or 706-571-8580.

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