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Artist of the day: Hernando Jazz Society




Although time has turned big-band music into a fading memory for many people, preservation groups like the Hernando Jazz Society have ensured that the big-band era never completely dies.

Club president Ed Lawrence, above, said the Jazz Society continues to be one of the area’s strongest supporters of big-band and jazz music. Lawrence, a jazz singer himself, said the primary mission of the organization is to promote jazz and big-band music and spread its appeal to younger audiences. Through the years, the society has earned numerous accolades for its support of programs that help fund the purchase of instruments and lessons for aspiring musicians.

“It warms your heart to see young musicians enjoying playing what you love,” Lawrence said. “We work hard to encourage them to keep wanting to play it. That’s the only way it’s going to survive.”

The society recently kicked off its 17th season, which continues Sunday (10/9) at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Ave., Spring Hill. Admission is free for members; $9 for nonmembers. It is suggested that nonmembers call (352) 666-6888, ext. 504 , to reserve space.

For more on the group, click here for Logan Neill's story.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 11:32am]


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