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Tonight: USF's Monday Night Jazz Series kicks off with Bobby Floyd




The University of South Florida's got a busy jazz studies department. Its student and faculty ensembles travel to jazz festivals around the world. Its musicians record acclaimed tribute albums.

And once a month during the school year, the department also stages a top-notch underground jazz night, called the Monday Night Jazz Series.

On the last Monday of each month, the department brings in renowned jazz musicians like singer Nnenna Freelon, trumpeter Vincent A. DiMartino, saxophonist Don Braden and Count Basie Orchestra conductor Frank Foster, to teach and perform with USF students and faculty. "One of the best-kept secrets at USF," they call it.

This semester's series kicks off tonight with jazz and gospel pianist and organist Bobby Floyd, who has played with Ray Charles and Jeff Tyzik.

The show is at 8 p.m. at Theater 1 on the USF Tampa campus, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $8-$12 in advance, $10-$15 at the door. Go here for details.

Future Monday Night Jazz shows this semester:

-- Oct. 26: Guitarist Bruce Saunders from the Berklee College of Music

-- Nov. 30: Former U.S. Army Band arranger Mark Taylor and multi-instrumentalist Mike Tomaro

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:13pm]


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