Carol Downey is guest artist for April 21 Concert

Carol Downey will be our featured guest vocalist for the Sunday, April 21, 2013 concert.

Photo by Karen Lingo

Photo by Karen Lingo

Carol Downey comes from a family of musicians.  She began her formal training at age 5 and grew up playing and singing gospel music in the church where her Daddy was the music director.  Continuing her musical path, Carol joined her high school band where she played clarinet and bass clarinet.  After high school she went on to study voice and piano at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, where she soloed in many of the university musical concerts including Handel’s Messiah, and toured internationally with the premier vocal group of the university.  In 1979, Carol moved from Marietta, Georgia, to Birmingham, Alabama, where she met her late husband, bandleader and trumpet player, Stan Downey.  She joined Tradewinds Band in 1980, and has entertained the Birmingham Dance community ever since.  In 2012 Carol formed an additional band, Lady & the Tramps, and continues to perform to this day.  The opportunity to sing with SuperJazz has been a dream of hers for many years.
Carol has one son, David who, along with the help of his lovely wife, Melanie, has given her two beautiful granddaughters, Brianna and Olivia.

The concert will feature a variety of selections, including:

Jackson County Jubilee   by Benny Carter

Serenade In Blue   arranged by Everett Lawler

It Don’t Mean A Thing    transcribed by Charlie Ard

Rode Hard, Put Up Wet    new composition by Jim Mahaffey

A Child is Born   jazz waltz transcribed by Charlie Ard

Ticker  by Bill Holman


(possible surprise during intermission, featuring a large number of trombones)

Take The A Train    samba version arranged by Rob McConnell

River Deep, Mountain High    featuring Carol Downey

What A Difference A Day Makes    featuring Carol Downey

Wade In The Water  featuring Carol Downey

Sway    featuring Carol Downey

Skyfall   featuring Carol Downey

Basie’s One O’Clock Jump    arranged by Neil McLean

Doors open at 2:30,  Concert begins at 3:00   Admission at the door, no advance tickets.

Seniors & Adults: $5.    Students from any school with ID   $3

Samford University Students, Faculty & Staff are admitted free.


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