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Calhoun Community College & the Calhoun Foundation to Host Third Annual “Jazz Under the Stars”

April 11, 2019

Calhoun Jazz Band presents Jazz Under the Stars

Calhoun Community College and the Calhoun Foundation will host the Third Annual “Jazz Under the Stars”, scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 2019, beginning at 7:00 pm on the lawn of the Alabama Center for the Arts, 133 2nd Avenue, NE, in downtown Decatur (directly across from the Princess Theatre). In the event of rain, the concert will move inside to the Princess Theatre.

This free, family-friendly outdoor concert will feature special guests The Sean Nowell Quartet, with music and vocal performances by the Calhoun Jazz Band, under the direction of Josh Couts and the Calhoun Chorale, directed by Granville Oldham.

“Jazz Under the Stars is excited to welcome Alabama native and New York City-based recording artist Sean Nowell for this year’s event,” commented Johnette Davis, director of the Calhoun Foundation. Nowell was born and raised in Birmingham, AL, and studied at Samford University. From Samford, he went on to study at The Berklee School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music prior to beginning his full-time career as a touring, teaching and recording saxophonist.

“Having Sean in Decatur to perform for the community, as well as to meet with students, is a wonderful opportunity. The Alabama Center for the Arts aspires to be a premiere training ground for the fine and performing arts, and demonstrable career success in the creative industries by an Alabama native will be an invaluable experience for current and prospective students,” added Dr. Donna Estill, dean for the college’s Division of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to once again bring this free evening of musical entertainment to downtown Decatur,” commented Calhoun Interim President Dr. Joe Burke. “Due to the support of our local community over the last two years, the event has been a tremendous success. We are looking forward to seeing many returning attendees as well as lots of new faces this year,” said Burke.

“This community continues to be extremely supportive of Calhoun and our students, and we see this as a way to say ‘thank you” for this support,” Burke added. Attendees to the concert are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner. No glass bottles will be permitted at the site.

Sponsors for this year’s event include Robins and Morton Architects; Renasant Bank; Senator Arthur Orr; Lee Builders, General Contractors; Redstone Federal Credit Union; Hargrove; Athens State University; Decatur Morgan Hospital with Anita Walden; BBVA Compass; and the Morgan County Commission.

A ticketed, pre-event dinner is also planned for the evening. A limited number of seats are still available to the dinner. For more information, visit the Calhoun website at Proceeds from the dinner and sponsorships will go toward supporting the Calhoun Foundation and music education programs at Calhoun.

For additional information on the event, call 256-713-4823 or visit