Relive the swinging days of a bygone era as the Georgia Symphony Orchestra team of jazz giants delivers powerful performances and soulful memories. Under the direction of Sam Skelton, GSO Jazz! is dedicated to bringing new age and traditional big band charts alive with every performance.
|Saturday, March 18, 2017
Earl Smith Strand Theatre
117 N. Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060
GSO Jazz plays the music of the Grammy nominated “One O’Clock Lab Band!”
-A LIMITED NUMBER OF VIP TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE and include preferred seating in a special reserved section at the performance plus access to a VIP only meet-the-musicians reception from 6:30-7:00pm. Refreshment served with a cash bar-
The One O’Clock Lab Band for 69 years has been the premier ensemble of the Jazz Studies Division at the University of North Texas College of Music in Denton. The band has performed and toured in Australia, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, and The Netherlands. Since the 1970s, the band’s albums have received seven Grammy nominations, including two for Lab 2009.
Steve Wiest, a three-time Grammy-nominated composer-arranger-director and Associate Professor of Music, directed the O’Clock Lab Band from 2008 through the summer of 2014. Jay Saunders, a veteran of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, was interim director from 2014-2016 and Alan Baylock was appointed the newest director in Fall of 2016. The One O’Clock is the highest of nine peer lab bands at the college, each named for its hour of rehearsal and each a standard 19-piece big band instrumentation — five saxophones, five trombones, five trumpets, piano, guitar, bass, and drums. The One O’Clock evolved from an extracurricular stage band founded in 1927 into a curricular laboratory dance band in 1947, when North Texas launched the first jazz degree program in the world. For the next 20 years — until 1967 — North Texas was the only US university that offered a degree in jazz studies.
The selections will be announced from the stage.