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