Emory Jazz Fest 2017

Teodross Avery with Gary Motley Trio

February 10, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Emerson Concert Hall

Teodross Avery, who DownBeat magazine said “represents today’s brightest jazz,” takes the stage of the Schwartz Center’s Emerson Concert Hall alongside Whitaker, Allen and Motley

Tickets: $20; $15 discount; $5 Emory students

Big Band Night

February 11, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Emerson Concert Hall

The Gary Motley Trio and the Emory Big Band join forces for an evening of swing to close out the festival on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Patrons are advised to arrive early to this annual favorite.

Free, No Ticket Required

Box Office

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
1700 North Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30322


Tickets are available in person at the Arts at Emory Box Office, by phone, or online. Please note that online ticket sales end three (3) hours prior to each event. The Box Office will open one (1) hour prior to the event, at which point remaining tickets may be obtained in person.

Additional Events

Masterclass with Teodross Avery, Rodney Whitaker, and Carl Allen

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Emerson Concert Hall

Free and open to the public.

Drum Clinic with Carl Allen

Saturday, Feburary 11, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Tharp Rehearsal Hall

Carl Allen hosts a jazz-focused drum clinic in the Tharp Rehearsal Hall of the Schwartz Center.

Free and open to the public.

Artist Bios

Teodross Avery

As a musician, Teodross “Teo” Avery stands as one who defines live music—best experienced front row, and full throttle. His commanding presence, on stage and off, reflects his musical ingenuity and skill. With an outstanding pedigree, both professionally and academically, Teo is a young saxophonist to watch, as evidenced by many of today’s biggest names in music relying on his wide musical reach. teodrossavery.com ››

Gary Motley

Gary Motley is a pianist, composer, arranger and educator. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and the American Composers Forum. Gary has also been featured on National Public Radio’s Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland.

Notable performances include the premiere of Gary’s first orchestral work entitled The Artist and the Visionary, duo performances with pianists Dave Brubeck and Kenny Baron, and concerts with Jon Faddis, Eddie Daniels and Benny Golson. Gary’s recordings include Compassion (2001), The Gary Motley Trio featuring Veronica Tate (2001), Keypers (2004), Everything I Love (2005), Renaissance (2009) and Seasoning (2012). He is the recipient of Creative Loafing Magazine’s Critics Choice Award for Best Jazz Artist and was selected by the American Composers Forum to serve as an artist-in-residence resulting in his second composition for string orchestra and jazz trio entitled The Resolution of a Dream.

In addition to his work as an artist, Gary is committed to jazz education and awareness. As the Director of Jazz Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Gary has developed an interactive teaching facility that integrates the rich heritage of American jazz with today’s technology practices. Gary is also a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Jazz Education Network.


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