Thursday, March 27, 2008

Clayton State University Jazz Combo Presents “Shades of Max” at Spivey Hall, Apr. 23

The Clayton State University Jazz Combo presents “Shades of Max” remembering Max Roach (1925-2007) on Wednesday, Apr. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall on the Clayton State main campus in Morrow. The event is free and open to the public.

“Max Roach was one of the most versatile and accomplished musicians in jazz history since his emergence in the 1940s,” offers Clayton State University Jazz Combo Director Stacey Houghton. “His inventive drumming has added significantly to the sounds of jazz masters Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Duke Ellington and many others.”

A large portion of the evening’s show will feature music to which Roach contributed his developmental drumming, as well as some of his own compositions and arrangements. Other highlights of the program include several arrangements and originals by Houghton written specifically for the combo, as well as an exciting vocal rendition of Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” featuring guest Clayton State alumna Candace Henry (Lithonia).

In addition to Henry’s vocals, the following musicians will perform in “Shades of Max:” Michael Wheeler (Forest Park) and Wilgens Pierre (Mableton) on trumpet; Shaun Brooks (Peachtree City) on trombone; Houghton (Rex) on tenor saxophone; Chris Odom (Lovejoy) and Marc Agenor (Morrow) on guitar; Tony Terrell (Lake City) on bass; and Courtney Tatum (Lovejoy) on drums.

If the Apr. 23 “Shades of Max” concert leaves you wanting more jazz, join the Clayton Community Big Band in Spivey Hall on Monday, Apr. 28 at 7:30 p.m. for a free concert featuring big band jazz arrangements.

Both the Apr. 23 Jazz Combo and Apr. 28 Big Band performances are presented by the Clayton State University Department of Music. For more information, contact Houghton at

For directions to Spivey Hall on the Clayton State main campus in Morrow, visit and select Maps/Directions.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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