The "Swing Jazz Series", a 4-part concert event celebrating the spirit of Swing, presented by the Jazz Diva Foundation and the Performing Arts Coalition. This classic Series will showcase the outstanding John Brown Big Band, accompanied by internationally-renowned artists, Terence Blanchard, Nnenna Freelon, Tia Fuller, and Jon Faddis.
ABOUT TIA FULLER: Jazz musicians are blessed with the desire and ability to play a genre that has a history as rich as its sound. All the greats, past and present know that it’s not enough to simply play the notes, one has to live the music and feel it with every breath. When Mack Avenue recording artist, Tia Fuller picks up her sax to play, the two become one and something amazing happens as the notes and reverberations of her musical elixir fill the room. Suddenly, everything in the universe feels right and it’s easy to see and hear why this artist and teacher, who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, (Magna Cum Laude) and Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder (Summa Cum Laude), was selected to be a member of the all-female band touring with R&B star, Beyoncé. As part of the I AM..Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé Experience World Tour promoting the superstar’sCD’s, Tia has played in various venues throughout the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
ABOUT JOHN BROWN: Bassist, composer, educator and actor John Brown is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and currently resides in Durham, NC. He is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently serves as Director of the Jazz Program and Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, and has served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University and Guilford College (NC).
Saturday, October 13, 2012 Grammy Winner Terence Blanchard
Saturday, December 15, 2012 Christmas Show with Nnenna Freelon
Saturday, February 16, 2013 Saxophonist Tia Fuller
Saturday, April 13, 2013 Trumpeter Jon Faddis
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