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Valentine?s concert offers night of jazz

Group collecting donation for Athens Food Pantry
Feb 11, 2010
By Samantha Fink

The School of Music presents Jazz Spoken Here in a special concert celebrating Miles Davis and Valentine's Day at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Robert Glidden Hall Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Valentines for Miles will include works recorded or performed by trumpeter/band leader Miles Davis throughout the 1950s and 1960s. For this concert, Jazz Spoken Here has selected works that the Miles Davis Quintet frequently performed or recorded, as well as works from rare sessions. 

'Miles was very picky about the music he played,' said Michael Parkinson, director of the School of Music. 'He also was very picky about the way the music was played. The way he played some of these tunes is still the accepted way to play them, more than 40 years after they were recorded. So when we play 'If I were a bell' it is going to sound pretty close to the way it was recorded in 1956."

The program includes the great love songs Davis composed between 1955 and 1970 including "Autumn Leaves," "All Blues," "All of You," "Corcovado," "I Thought About You" and "If I Were A Bell."

The Sinfonia Chorus from the School of Music's Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity will perform love songs in celebration of Valentine's Day before the concert in the lobby.

Donations to the Athens Food Pantry will be accepted -- either non-perishable food items or checks made payable to the Athens Food Pantry. While many people are focusing on relief to Haiti, this concert will benefit the many local residents who need help and food. The Athens Food Pantry helps feed thousands of people in the county who are in need.



Published: Feb 11, 2010 8:20 AM

Jazz Spoken Here

Founded in 2008, the Jazz Spoken Here ensemble is made up of School of Music faculty and the Alumni Association's Graham Stewart: Jeremy Schaffer, Terry Douds, Graham Stewart, Kyle Slemmer, Michael Parkinson and Guy Remonko.

Photographer: Sharon Fink 

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