Jazz Festival Features Trumpeter Danes

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Jazz musicians and enthusiasts will come from far and near to the 23rd Annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival on Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. Special musical guest Roger Danes will wow the crowds with his trumpet and music lovers will not want to miss this night of entertainment and musical excellence.

Danes, a graduate of Memphis State University, grew up in a family of musicians and began trumpet lessons at the age of four. He has performed at popular events such as the Atlanta and Mobile Jazz festivals and with other musical giants such as Buddy Morrow, James Darren and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Danes is also known for his musical compositions and arrangements. While serving in the United States Army, Danes served as chief composer and arranger with the Forscom Band where he traveled and performed internationally. In a nation-wide competition held by the National Federation of Music, Danes received a Three Star Award for his original compositions.

While at the festival, Danes will listen to ensembles attending the event, provide written critiques for each performance and then rehearse and play with the groups.

The grand finale will be a performance by the UWG Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Daniel Bakos, professor of music. Selections for the evening will include “Take the A Train” by Duke Ellington, “Lullaby of Broadway” arranged by Stan Kenton and “All Blues” by Miles Davis and arranged by guest musician Roger Danes.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $3 for children and $5 for UWG students with ID. The Townsend Center Box Office hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 678-839-4722.