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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 11, 2017 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 11, 2017 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.

Ed LeGare, on piano, is the founder of the Gainesville Guitar Academy.  He has performed extensively throughout New England and north central Florida.

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.

Tim Murray, on drums, is a graduate of the University of North Texas where he was a student in the prestigious Jazz Studies Program.

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

Andrew Hamilton, on trombone, is a composer, arranger, educator and performer.  He is a graduate of the prestigious Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Florida.

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

Vadim Arsky, on baritone saxophone, is a renowned Brazilian performer, arranger, conductor and educator.

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

For more information call the Jazz Hotline at 352.379.0300 or visit us on the web at gnvfriendsofjazz.org.

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the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural AffairsFunding provided in part the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs.