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Music program presents the Fall Jazz Night

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The GRCC music program is presenting its annual Fall Jazz Night on Tuesday.

“Jazz is an American form of music,” said Stephen Barton, director of Shades of Blue. “It is strictly American and is a big part of American culture.”

There will be four groups playing – a Jazz combo, Jazz orchestra, percussion ensemble and Shades of Blue.

The Jazz combo is a smaller group of four to six players that mainly does improvising.  There is normally a guitar, saxophone and a trumpet.

The Jazz Orchestra is a group of 20-24 people that play a lot of music from the big band era. It is a group made of woodwinds and brass.

The percussion ensemble is a group of four to six people with mainly a rhythmic concentration. The xylophone is one of many percussion instruments showcased.

Shades of Blue is a vocal jazz group consisting of 14 singers, a pianist, a bass guitarist and a drummer.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Cecilia Music Center and is free with a suggested donation of $5 per person.  All proceeds will benefit the Duane Shields Davis Vocal Jazz Scholarship.