Bart Grooms is SuperJazz guest for February 21 concert.

Jazz Vocalist Bart Grooms was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 2008, which meant a lot to him (after all, how often does one’s name and Nat King Cole’s appear on the same list?).  He has been involved in the arts as a journalist, radio host, singer, actor, and narrator since the mid-1970s.

BartGrooms 2008Since 2007 he has hosted the classic jazz radio show “Tuxedo Junction” on WVSU-FM (weekdays; http://www.samford.edu/wvsu). He wrote on music for publications on the West coast in the 1980s and 90s, then for Black & White for twenty years, and more recently for ArtsBham.com, Weld, and UAB Magazine. He has narrated for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (for the Shostakovich Seventh Symphony and Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait) and twice with The Concertmaster and Friends, including Wynton Marsalis’ A Fiddler’s Tale, which The Birmingham News’ Michael Huebner listed as one of the “Ten 5-Star Concerts” of 2013. He has lectured on jazz as well as on European and North Indian classical music at Samford University, UAB, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Birmingham Music Club, and the ASO.

In the 1980s he was the vocalist for UAB’s Goodtime Jazz Band (which included some people now in Superjazz). He is a longtime member of the choir at The Baptist Church of the Covenant and has been known to sit in with jazz groups here and there.

In his day job, Bart is the Clinical Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Greater Birmingham , where he has worked for over 30 years.

 

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SuperJazz on Thanksgiving Weekend

The next SuperJazz concert will be November 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Photo by Karen Lingo

Photo by Karen Lingo

Rather than a guest artist, this concert will feature solo arrangements for several members of the band.  We may even finish with a little Christmas music, so please be prepared to sing along.

Arrangements by Everett Lawler, Steve Sample, James Pierpont, Jim Mahaffey,  Paul Murtha, Ray Reach, Les Hooper, Sammy Nestico and others.

Beginning at 2:30, we will hear the Hoover High School First Edition Jazz Ensemble, directed by Sallie White.   This award-wining group gives us a glimpse of the future for big-band Jazz.

As usual,  doors open at 2:30.  No advance ticket sales,  admission is “at the door”.

Mike Lingo Conducts

Mike Lingo Conducts

Adults and Seniors are $7.

Students from any school are $3.

Samford University Students, Faculty and Staff are admitted free of charge.

 

 

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Choko Kimura Aiken to guest with SuperJazz

Internationally known Jazz Pianist Choko Kimura Aiken will be the guest artist on the September 27, 2015 SuperJazz Concert.

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Choko,  born and raised in Japan, began studying classical piano at the age of three.  She studied piano, violin, voice and music theory at Colleges in Tokyo and Fukuoka as well as making journeys to the United States to study jazz in LA and NY. Her “Imagination” album, recorded in LA in 2011, was featured in that years February issue of “JAZZIZ” magazine. Choko left her long time group Tri-Voices and other long-associated bands to relocate to Birmingham in January 2013 after meeting her husband Jeff in Tokyo. He was one of several runners sent to a race by the Birmingham Track Club. Since that time Choko has enjoyed playing in the Magic City at many of its local venues which include the 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, Moss Rock Festival, Creek Bank Festival, Mt. Brook Arts Festival, Eric Essix Jazz Escape and as always she looks forward to continuing on with her main goal of simply making people “Happy” with her music!

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

Seniors & Adults: $7.    Students from any school with ID   $3

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Samford University, Brock Recital Hall.

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SuperJazz 2015-2016 Season

SuperJazz will present four concerts at Samford University this season.

Sunday, Sept 27, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016.

SuperJazz, formed in 1978, is an all-volunteer group of professional jazz musicians who come together four times each year to perform big-band jazz concerts for the Birmingham area. The band occasionally invites guest artists to share their talents by performing with the band.

All concerts will be on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM, in Brock Recital Hall at Samford University.

Admission this year will be $7 for Adults and Seniors.   Students with ID from any school are admitted for $3.   Samford University Students, Faculty & Staff are admitted free of charge.  No advance tickets, doors open at 2:30.

More information will follow.

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Carol Downey returns as SuperJazz Guest

Carol Downey will return as our featured guest vocalist for the Sunday, April 12, 2015 concert.  Her first guest appearance with SuperJazz was in 2013.

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.
Carol has one son, David who, along with the help of his lovely wife, Melanie, has given her two beautiful granddaughters, Brianna and Olivia.

 

Beginning at 2:30, we will hear the Oak Mountain High School Jazz Band

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

Seniors & Adults: $7.    Students from any school with ID   $3

Samford University Students, Faculty & Staff are admitted free.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Samford University, Brock Recital Hall.

 

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SuperJazz Concert Sunday, Nov 30, 2014

The next SuperJazz Concert will be  Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM.
(Yes, we know that is Thanksgiving weekend, but that’s when the building was available!)

Rather than a Guest Artist, for this concert we will feature a few of our own soloists.
We will also add in some “seasonal favorites”.

Doors open at 2:30, concert begins at 3:00
Pre-concert music, (beginning at 2:40), will be provided by  the award-winning         Hoover First Edition Jazz Ensemble from Hoover High School, directed by Sallie White.

Brock Recital Hall, Samford University.

Admission for Adults and Seniors is $7
Students from any school are admitted for $3
Samford University Students, Faculty and Staff are admitted free of charge.

More information to come soon………………

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Emily Herring to sing with SuperJazz on Sept. 21.

Emily Herring will return as guest artist for the September 21, 2014 SuperJazz Concert.

Emily Herring was most recently seen in the title role of Always…Patsy Cline at the Emily_Herring_Headshot (orange) 2Virginia Samford Theatre in Birmingham. She has appeared in the national tours of Ragtime (Mother), Kiss Me, Kate (Kate), and The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess). Ms. Herring was nominated “Best Actress” by the National Broadway Theatre Awards in 2001, for her performance as Mother Abbess. Regional theatre credits include: Paper Mill Playhouse (Ragtime), California Musical Theatre (A Little Night Music), Brooklyn’s Gallery Players (Into the Woods), Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre (Smoke on the Mountain), Totem Pole Playhouse (Smoke on the Mountain), Allenberry Playhouse (Godspell) and (Smoke on the Mountain), Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Honky Tonk Angels), Red Mountain Theatre Company (The Look of Love). She has been a voice instructor at Birmingham Southern College, “Rosie’s Broadway Kids” in NYC (with Rosie O’Donnell), the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City, and at her private studio. She is active as a concert and cabaret artist throughout the Southeast, and also enjoys singing with several jazz bands in the Birmingham area (Just Friends, The Joe Giattina Orchestra, SuperJazz, and Celebration Winds). A Mobile native, Emily holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance, from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an M.M. from the University of Tennessee, and is a student of the legendary, Marni Nixon. She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, Musical Theatre Educator’s Alliance, and the National Association of Teacher’s of Singing. Ms. Herring serves as Assistant Professor in Musical Theatre Voice in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Doors open at 2:30, SuperJazz concert begins at 3:00 in Brock Recital Hall on the campus of Samford University.

Pre-concert entertainment will be provided by the Student Jazz Ensemble from the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, which is directed by Ray Reach.

Admission is $7 for adults and senior citizens.

Students from any school are admitted for $3.

Samford Students, Faculty and Staff are admitted free of charge.

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