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The Arts Council announces Jazz lineup
Annual series brings renowned performers to Gainesville
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2013 Evenings of Intimate Jazz series

Jan. 19: Jeni Michelson with Society Express Quartet

Feb. 1: Havana Son Trio

March 23: Evan Christopher Trio

April 13: Annie Sellick Trio

May 4: Joe Gransden & Friends

The Arts Council has announced its 2013 Evenings of Intimate Jazz series. The annual series offers unique opportunities to enjoy jazz masters instantaneously compose and perform up close and personal.

Jeni Michelson with Society Express Band will kick off the series with a performance on Saturday, Jan. 19 at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center.

The Society Express Band from Atlanta plays a huge repertoire of songs. Voted Top 150 Hottest Bands in the USA by Modern Bride Magazine in 2006 and 2007, the group plays swing, jazz, Motown, classic rock, funk, salsa, beach and blues.

Band leader Michelson has been captivating audiences with her powerhouse vocals for more than 25 years. She is an internationally published songwriter who has also written numerous award-winning advertising jingles.

Havana Son Trio will bring the sultry sounds of a tropical paradise with pulsing rhythms and sweet melodies to Northeast Georgia on Friday, Feb. 1 at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center.

Created by Cuban native Rene Herrera, an award winning composer arranger, this world-renowned bandleader brings his music to life through his use of piano, vocals, guitar and the traditional Cuban tres.

His wife Llilian Herrera adds her unique vocal style to create and intoxicating cocktail of Latin and American sounds.

Havana Son plays authentic Latin rhythms such as salsa, merengue, cha cha, boleros, bachata, vallenato and cumbia.

Back by popular demand, the Evan Christopher Trio brings its New Orleans Jazz tradition to Gainesville on Saturday, March 23 at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center.

Clarinetist Evan Christopher is a refreshingly bright light on the international Jazz scene.

Anchored in the musical vocabulary created by early Creole clarinetists, Christopher has created a highly personal brand of "contemporary early-jazz" that strives to extend the legacy of this unique clarinet style. He is a member of the Grammy-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

The Annie Sellick Trio comes to Gainesville on Saturday, April 13. Sellick can be included in the elitist of jazz circles who got her start at formal training at the Nashville Jazz Workshop after finding initial success singing in clubs while in college.

Today, Sellick is not only a mainstay of the Nashville jazz scene, but performs regularly in L.A., has had six tours of Japan, and has performed in concerts and festivals around the world.

Joe Gransden & Friends brings its magic to Gainesville on Saturday, May 4. Gransden has performed worldwide and released ten CDs under his own name. Renowned first for his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.

Gransden’s introduction to music came early on through his father, a gifted singer and pianist. On his mother’s side of the family was the piano virtuoso Carmen Cavallero.

Each performance will start at 8 p.m. at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 322 Academy St., in Gainesville. Series tickets are $125 per person. Individual performance tickets are $30. For tickets, call 770-534-2787 or visit

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