- Associate Director for Programing and Outreach
ATLANTA—Emory’s annual Jazz Fest returns February 10 and 11 in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts with a weekend of lively performances paired with educational workshops, featuring saxophonist Teodross Avery, and the Gary Motley Trio, comprised this year of bassist Rodney Whitaker , drummer Carl Allen and Emory’s own Gary Motley.
“What makes the Emory Jazz Fest unique is that it not only provides Emory students and the community an opportunity to see national artists perform, but also a chance to engage these artists in dialog, providing invaluable insights into the world of jazz from their perspective,” said Gary Motley, director of Jazz Studies at Emory.
The weekend begins on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m. with an afternoon master class featuring the visiting artists in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center. This master class is free and open to the public.
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 on Friday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, $15 for discount category members and $5 for Emory students.
On Saturday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m., Carl Allen hosts a jazz-focused drum clinic in the Tharp Rehearsal Hall of the Schwartz Center. This clinic is free and open to the public.
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, which is free and open to the public.