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An Evening of Swing featuring Diane Schuur

Apr 12 , 2014 McGLOHON THEATER at Spirit Square

  • $29.50 - $39.50
  • The Jazz Diva

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An evening of Swing with The John Brown Big Band and special guest, Diane Schuur

Grammy® Award-winning vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur inspires rave reviews across the globe as the new first lady of jazz. Known to personify the composer's intentions of the Great American Songbook, Schuur swings with heartfelt intensity. Long regarded – and sometimes criticized – as an artist who has walked a tightrope between jazz and pop, Schuur sees her latest release, Some Other Time, as an unwavering statement about her commitment to the jazz tradition and its influence on her artistic sensibilities.

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. John currently serves as Director of the Jazz Program and Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, and he 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). He has been performing professionally since his teens, and has performed internationally with artists like Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Elvin Jones, Nnenna Freelon, Diahann Carroll, Rosemary Clooney, Nell Carter, Lou Donaldson, Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, Frank Foster, Larry Coryell, Cedar Walton, Fred Wesley, Bernard Purdie and Mark Whitfield, as well as giving regular performances as a substitute with the North Carolina Symphony since 1992.

John also has a Grammy nomination for his performance and co-writing on Nnenna Freelon’s 1996 Concord release, Shaking Free. The film One Night in Kernersville (documenting the 1st recording session of John’s Big Band) won “Best Short Film” at the Full Frame Film Festival, “Best Cinematography” at the Charlotte Film Festival and is now being shown on the Documentary Channel. He actively performs and records internationally as a sideman and a leader, produces recordings and gives education residencies across the nation. He also directs an all star youth jazz ensemble, is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and is a YAMAHA Certified String Instructor and serves on the Board of the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program.

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