Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jazz Showcase: an intimate jazz club on Rozsa stage Oct. 31, Nov. 1

Tickets are going fast for the Jazz Showcase -- 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at the Rozsa! (Image courtesy Rozsa Center)

HOUGHTON -- See the Rozsa stage transformed into an intimate jazz-club atmosphere with the Jazz Showcase: Backstage at the Rozsa at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, and enjoy two nights of Big Band Jazz "Up Close and Personal" in this "pop up" jazz club setting.

Join the The R and D Big Band and the Jazz Lab Band (JLB), with special guests JazTec and Momentum, both under the direction of Mike Irish, for two great evenings of a wide variety of jazz. The Rozsa stage becomes a jazz lounge with cocktail tables and cash bar, and of course hot jazz provided by two Michigan Tech jazz ensembles, with special guest performances both nights. On the "menu" at the Bebop Bistro is a variety of tantalizing entrees and recipes for a great evening! Be prepared for a sonic gourmet delight!

Music selections will range from Skyhawk, a composition by Fred Sturm, with a floating, atmospheric feel; City, a composition by Jeff Lorber, hot, urban Philadelphia funk (Phunk?); Zsa Zsa Queen, by Matt Harris-moody, reggae feel; Toss and Turn by Lennie Niehaus -- straight ahead swing with a blues tinge; to Bone Talk, by Mark Taylor -- blues featuring the "bone" section.

The R and D Band is a very talented group of young musicians investigating a wide variety of jazz styles. The energy of the R and D Band is infectious! The JLB is known for its commitment to playing and featuring jazz in all of its myriad styles.

Tickets are: Adults $13, Youth $5, Students $5 or Michigan Tech Students Free With Experience Tech Fee. To purchase tickets, call (906) 487-2073, go online at or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex (SDC). Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours, and will only open two hours prior to show times.

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