Celebrating over 30 years of live jazz...

Founded in 1983, the mission of Gainesville Friends of Jazz is to support, promote and increase public awareness, interest, participation and education in jazz, America's music.

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Gary Langford & The Jazz Project - July 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Gainesville, FL - Gainesville Friends of Jazz proudly presents Gary Langford & The Jazz Project.  They will be performing on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship located at 4225 Northwest 34th Street in Gainesville.  Scott Koons, President of Gainesville Friends of Jazz, is the producer for the concert.

Gary Langford, on trumpet, is a graduate of the prestigious University of North Texas Jazz Studies Program.  During his 37-year career at the University of Florida, he served as Professor of Music, Assistant Director of the School of Music, and Director of Concert Band, Marching Band and Jazz Band.  Gary, an accomplished arranger, has completed over 400 arrangements for marching band.  He was recognized by the International Association of Jazz Educators as a recipient of their Outstanding Jazz Educator Award.  Gary was honored twice by the University of Florida as Teacher of the Year.  He is also the recipient of the Doris Leeper Award from the Florida Alliance of Arts Education.  Gary introduced thousands of students to jazz through his popular Jazz History class.

Thomas Royal, on piano, is an accomplished jazz pianist performing throughout the North Florida area.

Ali Che’Ree, on bass, started his musical career as a featured singer with the Malaysian National Orchestra.  He has performed with such luminaries as Wynton  Marsalis, Ary Piazzarollo and Braxil Express.

Clyde Connor, on drums, is a veteran of the United States Navy Commodores Jazz Band and the drummer of choice for a number of bands that have appeared at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Completion.

Bill Karow, on trumpet, is a veteran of the Portland Jazz Orchestra.  He played lead bulge for Future Crops at Epcot for many years.

David Smith, on trombone, is a composer, educator and performer.  He holds a doctoral degree in jazz studies performance and has played with such jazz artists as Vincent Gardner, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Roberts and Jason Marsalis..

 Greg Snider, on alto saxophone, is a performer, educator, composer and arranger.  Greg has been involved in numerous band performances.

Kenny Anderson, on tenor saxophone, is an accomplished performer who has toured with Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine and Tower of Power.

 Michael Summers, on baritone saxophone, is an accomplished performer.

 Join us for a great evening of live jazz, in a smoke-free environment. 
All tickets at the door. 

Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Ticket prices are $20 for general admission, $15 for Gainesville Friends of Jazz members and $10 for students.

 Funding provided in part by
the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs