Published: Aug. 22, 2013

Jazz professors to begin school year with live performance

Contact(s): Kathleen Adams College of Music office: (517) 353-9958

To celebrate the beginning of a new school year, faculty members of the MSU Jazz Studies program will take the stage for a live performance.

The presentation will occur at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre.

Special guest vocalist Mardra Thomas will join the professors. Thomas tours internationally with big band and small ensemble groups, and is recognized for her realistic portrayal of Billie Holiday.

Members of the ensemble include Etienne Charles on the trumpet, Michael Dease on the trombone, Randy Gelispie on the drums, Perry Hughes on the guitar, Diego Rivera on the saxophone, Reginald Thomas on the piano and Director of Jazz Studies Rodney Whitaker on the bass.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for students and viewers under the age of 18.

Tickets may be purchased at the door 60 minutes before the event, at room 102 of the music building during business hours or online here.

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