Popular jazz series returns to Kennesaw State

The Starlight Summer Concert Series returns to the Legacy Gazebo Amphitheater at Kennesaw State…

Georgia (May 5, 2004) — Popular jazz series returns to Kennesaw State

Cheryl Anderson Brown


Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown‚ 770−499−3417 or cbrown@kennesaw.edu

The Starlight Summer Concert Series returns to the Legacy Gazebo Amphitheater at Kennesaw State University for its sixth season. The line up for the series of outdoor jazz and pops concerts includes local‚ national and international performers. The Starlight Highlight performers this year are sultry jazz vocalist Renee Marie on June 6 and legendary jazz saxophonist James Moody on Aug. 15.

Blue Note recording artist Marie is renowned for adding new dimensions to jazz standards as well as for revealing her deep emotions with new songs. When she sings “Don’t Look At Me That Way‚” the audience witnesses an intimate conversation between two lovers−to−be. Marie says she initially was reluctant to write and sing about herself‚ but she says “the words demanded to be heard.” Although her uniquely personal approach to her music leaves her “emotionally exhausted‚” her audiences clamor to hear more.

Savannah native Moody‚ who will perform with his quartet‚ began his career in 1946 in Dizzy Gillespie’s big band. Later‚ he set the tone for many romantic couples with his signature song‚ “Moody's Mood for Love‚” an improvisation of “I’m in the Mood for Love.” Since then‚ he has played with everyone from Elvis to Lou Rawls. In 1990‚ he and Gillespie won a Grammy nomination for “Get the Booty.”

The Starlight Series also includes returning crowd favorites like the KSU Jazz Ensemble on May 23 and Aug. 29 and the Atlanta Wind Symphony on May 16. New to the series this year are Andrew Black and the Believers on July 11 and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra on July 25.

And‚ the Starlight Series would not be complete without the Star Spangled Spectacular on June 27. This free patriotic concert once again features the Army Ground Forces Band from Fort McPherson and a colorful fireworks grand finale.

All Starlight concerts begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for ground seating; children 12 and younger are free. Tables for six are $50 and include the price of admission. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Guests may also bring picnics or purchase refreshments at the venue. For a detailed schedule‚ inclement weather plans and more information‚ click the Starlight link at www.kennesaw.edu/arts or call 770−423−6650.

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