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Saxophone sounds reverberate in Smithgall Arts Center
Sam Skelton Quintet to play Saturday in Evenings of Intimate Jazz
Sam Skelton and his quintet will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Smithgall Arts Center as part of The Arts Council’s Evenings of Intimate Jazz series.

Sultry sounds of the saxophone will ring throughout the rooms of the Smithgall Arts Center as classically trained saxophonist Sam Skelton performs his chosen instrument Saturday night.

Skelton will exhibit his musical talent at 8 p.m. at the center at 331 Spring St. NW in Gainesville. His performance is part of The Arts Council’s Evenings of Intimate Jazz series, which features nationally recognized jazz artists in a quaint, intimate setting with small tables lit by candles.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at

A native of Conyers, Skelton has been active on the Atlanta music scene for more than two decades. His grasp of saxophone, clarinet and flute has enabled him to remain very busy in live performance as well as in the studio.

Skelton has performed or soloed with The London Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony, The Atlanta Pops, The Peachtree Pops, The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and The Cobb Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous local high school and civic ensembles.

As a sideman on more than 250 compact discs, Skelton remains very active in the studio. He can be heard on recordings with artists such as Elton John, December Radio, Babbie Mason, Howard Tate, Matchbox 20, Train, Edwin McCain, The Gap Band and The Ohio Players.

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