Georgia College & State University

09/18/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/19/2019 06:53

Reminder: Jazz at the Magnolia: Ticketed fundraiser

Jazz Quartet to perform at Georgia College

'Jazz at the Magnolia,' featuring the Melvin Jones Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in Georgia College's Magnolia Ballroom.

A social event with round table seating, light hors d'oeuvres and great jazz will be enjoyed by all.

This dazzling array of jazz melodies is a community fundraiser with proceeds benefitting programming and music scholarships at Georgia College and quality art opportunities for Baldwin County residents through Allied Arts in Milledgeville.

'This is a wonderful opportunity to collaborate on a mutual project that benefits our students, Georgia College and the community at large,' said Dr. Don Parker, chair of Georgia College's Music Department.

The Melvin Jones Quartet consists of Melvin Jones of Memphis, Tennessee; Tyrone Jackson of New Orleans, Louisiana; Larry Wilson of Jacksonville, Florida; and Craig Shaw of Atlanta, Georgia. Their backgrounds are a virtual Who's Who of great jazz performers, from their teachers to musical partners throughout the years.

Jones' first professional recording was in 1998, while enrolled at Morehouse College. He appeared on TLC's triple platinum hit album, 'Fanmail,' with its most-notable smash hit, 'No Scrubs.' Jackson is the quintessential jazz piano player, who blends jazz, funk and Afro-Caribbean melodies. Wilson began his love affair with music at age 3-working the drums in church. He co-founded 'The Cloud Music, LLC,' and has more than 40 albums. Shaw has played jazz with an impressive line-up of world-class musicians like Dizzy Gillespie and Kenny Garrett.

Concert songs will include classic jazz standards and selections from Jones' album, 'Pivot,' released in 2011 such as 'Jug or Not,' 'Inception' and the title cut, 'Pivot.'

'Melvin's music is original-representing a refreshing contemporary style that's grounded in tradition of jazz,' Parker said.

Tickets are $20 per person and include refreshments. They can be purchased at milledgevillealliedarts.com/events-1; the Marlor House at 201 N. Wayne Street, Milledgeville; or at the door the evening of the event.