Jazz Is Alive! Benefit Concert & Dance
The Eastern Michigan University jazz program is putting on a “ Jazz Is Alive! ” themed benefit concert and dance on Saturday, April 6. The evening features big band performances from the EMU Jazz Band and The Couriers . Detroit-based drummer Sean Dobbins joins them as a special guest.
WEMU has a long-standing tradition of working in partnership with the EMU jazz program to host this benefit. This year's host is Evelynn Hawkins of Evening Sounds. Other members of the Eastern Michigan community are involved as well, including members of the university's Ballroom Dance Club & Swing Society, who will be offering dance demonstrations throughout the evening.
Appetizers, one free drink per ticket, a dessert reception, and a chance to dance all evening long round out this night of big band music. Director, Dr. Donald Babcock says
“ The band sounds great this year. We're looking forward to creating a wonderful evening with The Couriers and Sean Dobbins. ”
The concert promises to showcase the talent of seasoned professionals and the students in Eastern's jazz program. One of those students will receive the Al Townsend Endowed Scholarship for jazz, a nomination-based scholarship in honor of trombonist Al Townsend of The Couriers. Proceeds from the concert benefit the scholarship as well as the jazz program.
The EMU Benefit Concert & Dance is a wonderful way to satisfy cravings for big band music and celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month. Jazz is alive, and the next generation of musicians would like to show just how alive it is. Tickets ($35) available through April 2nd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-487-4380.