Jazz Series returns to AoA this month

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Wayne James of the jazz band "Connected" performs on trumpet during the band's Third Thursday Jazz Series performance last year. The group will kick off this year's concert series in the Maguire Theater on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 5:30 p.m.


From staff reports

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Attention jazz lovers, mark your calendars for the third Thursday of each month. 

Starting Thursday, Feb. 21, Arts of the Albemarle will be presenting its monthly Third Thursday Jazz Series. The free live performances will feature different musicians performing the third Thursday of each month through June in The Center’s Maguire Theater upstairs at Arts of the Albemarle.

The series is part of Arts of the Albemarle’s “Meet Me at The Maguire” performing arts season, which also includes theater shows.

The Third Thursday Jazz Series opens Feb. 21 with the band Connected. This Elizabeth City-based band features saxophone, trumpet, piano, bass, guitar and vocals. Connected’s past performances include Music on the Green, a summer music series held in the park at Mariners’ Wharf. 

All Third Thursday Jazz Series concerts begin at 5:30 p.m. and the remaining concert dates, times and scheduled performers follow:

* March 21 — Jae Sinnett. According to an Arts of the Albemarle promotional flier, Sinnett is based in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area and is host of the public radio show, Sinnett in Session on WHRV-FM 89.5. Sinnett is a teacher, composer and drummer and has recorded 15 albums. 

* April 18 — Riddle with Mark and Tina Sclafani. This Edenton-based duo sings songs from the 1920s to the 1950s originally performed by Julie London, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, according to Arts of the Albemarle.

* May 16 — Rhythm Project Steel Drum Band. This percussion ensemble was founded in 1996 by the Virginia Arts Festival and is composed of elementary and middle school students, according to Arts of the Albemarle. 

* June 20 — The Russell Scarborough Quartet. Scarborough is a jazz musician and drummer based in southeastern Virginia. 

“When Russell Scarborough is behind the drums, rhythmic excitement is always the rule,” information from Arts of the Albemarle states.  

The Third Thursday Jazz Series was made possible by a grant from the Elizabeth City Foundation.