The next offering in the MTSU Jazz Artist Series is aBig Band Alumni Concert Friday, February 13, at 7:30 PM at the Wright Music Building on the MTSU Campus.

The occasion is the celebration of 40 Years of Big Band Jazz at MTSU. Three big bands, composed of students who participated in MTSU jazz ensembles from 1973 to 2014, will perform under the direction of Dr. John Duke, founding director of jazz studies at MTSU, and current professors Jamey Simmons and Don Aliquo.

Admission is  $10.00 for adults, and free for students, MTSU faculty and staff. Proceeds directly benefit the Jazz Scholarship Fund

The concert will begin with the current MTSU Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Jamey Simmons, followed by an Alumni Jazz Band composed of players from 1993 to 2014, directed by Don Aliquo.  The final group to perform will be The Blues Crusade founded and led by Dr. John Duke from 1973 to 1993. They will feature vocals by Denise (Huffington) Patton backed by an All-Star-Band playing music from the big bands of Count Basie, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton.

Photo: MTSU Blues Crusade in the 1970’s