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Jazz to echo through Smithgall
Tempest Little Big Band to play Saturday
Tempest Little Big Band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at part of the Arts Council’s Evenings of Intimate Jazz series.

Six brass instruments along with the piano, bass and drums will deluge audience members with the sounds of Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie and other big bands when Tempest Little Big Band performs Saturday night.

As part of The Arts Council’s Evenings of Intimate Jazz series, the concert will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville.

The band has performed its share of themed concerts, including a Tribute to Duke Ellington, 1940s swing-era concerts, blues festivals and a musically adroit “History of Jazz” presentation — playing music from New Orleans’ jazz to the avante-garde.

Throughout the years, the band has garnered considerable accolades. Their latest album “Round Midnight” charted nationally on JazzWeek — no easy feat for a self-produced jazz CD. The 10-track goes through multiple jazz genres. While the sound of the band’s first CD, “Atlanta Live” is based on lengthy improvisations, “Round Midnight” showcases the dinner and dance music the band is in demand for at black-tie events.

Tickets are $30 per person and subject to 7 percent tax.

For tickets, call 770-534-2787 or visit