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Marcus Lewis to headline Jazz Nite at Gordon

It will be a cool evening of hot jazz as jazz trombonist, composer and arranger Marcus Lewis headlines ‘Jazz Night’ at Gordon State College. The event is Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. on the stage of the Fine Arts Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door and the public is invited to attend. Lewis began playing trombone at the age of 12 and shortly after decided that music was his calling. He earned music degrees at Valdosta State University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. As a member of Janelle Monae’s ArchOrchestra, Lewis performed at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, the 2011 Glastonbury Festival, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Concert and the 2010 North Sea Jazz Festival. Lewis has also played at the New Orleans Jazz Fest while touring with the Ohio Players. Lewis lives in Atlanta where he leads his own quintet and pocket big band. He has performed and/or recorded with Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, Musiqsoulchid, B.o.B, Avery Sunshine, The Jazzwholes, The Barkays, Confunkshun, and Erik Veil. Also performing that evening is the Gordon State College Jazz Ensemble directed by Danny Smith. Members include, Tabitha Williams, vocalist; Ryan Augsten, trumpet; Seth Kingry, trumpet; Cody Jackson, alto and tenor saxophone; Billy Bolton, piano; Kendal Krueger, guitar; Coby Carver, bass and Kendrick Barnes, drums. The ensemble will perform ‘Speak No Evil’ by Wayne Shorter, ‘My Funny Valentine,’ Rodgers and Hart and ‘Take the A Train,’ Strayhorn and Ellington. Jazz Night is presented by the Gordon State College Chapter of Brother to Brother and the History Club. Proceeds from ticket sales will help defer the cost of Brother to Brother members attending a national conference in April. ’We are pleased to bring such a talented performer to campus and to be able to also highlight our local campus talent as well,’ said Brother to Brother Chapter President Derious Brown. ‘It’s going to be a very entertaining evening.’

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