Backstage at the Rozsa. (Photo © and courtesy Brockit)
HOUGHTON -- Backstage at the Rozsa again opens its doors to the groovin’ sounds of big band jazz. The Rozsa stage becomes a pop-up jazz club, and the intimate club atmosphere is a perfect setting for the Research and Development (R and D) Big Band and the Jazz Lab Band to loosen the reins on creativity and capture the flow of jazz! Join Jazz Studies Program Director Mike Irish and the Michigan Tech Jazz ensembles for Jazz Showcase: Backstage at the Rozsa at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31.
According to Irish, "Jazz was born in the tonks and joints of Storyville in New Orleans and has always found a home in the small but lively entertainment venues throughout the world: the 'speakeasies' of Chicago, the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem, Birdland in New York, Ronnie Scott’s in London, the Town Tavern in Toronto, the A - Trane in Berlin, the Shaft in Istanbul, the Blue Note and Vanguard in New York -- and the Orpheum in Hancock, Michigan. Jazz is now enjoyed and practiced all over the world and is one of America’s greatest cultural exports. So sit back, and immerse yourself in the music! In the words of jazz legend Art Blakey, 'Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.'"
Tickets for Jazz Showcase: Backstage at the Rozsa are on sale now: $13 for adults, $5 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets for Backstage at the Rozsa are limited, so please order tickets early! Tickets are available by phone at (906) 487-2073, online at Rozsa.mtu.edu, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex, or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Please note the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.