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January 13th, 2012 5:33 am by staff report

Niswonger jazzes up the new year

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra will perform at 2:30 p.m., Sunday at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville.

Niswonger Performing Arts Center is jazzing up the new year with a performance by the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, which has been entertaining regional audiences with its big band arrangements for more than a decade.

Show time is 2:30 p.m., Sunday at NPAC in Greeneville.
Tickets are $22.50 for adults and $10 for students. The Pick 4 or More series and group rate is $19.

The 17-piece big band — featuring five saxophones, four trombones, five trumpets, piano, bass and drums — is made up of some of East Tennessee’s top professional musicians and performs a wide range of music from America’s jazz tradition.

Joining trumpeter/arranger Vance Thompson, who formed the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra in 1999, are Mark Tucker, David King, Greg Tardy, Will Boyd and Tom Johnson on saxophones; Michael Wyatt, Stewart Cox, Michael Spirko and Tom Fox on trumpets; Tom Lundberg , Don Hough, Jamie Warren and Brad McDougall on trombones; Bill Swann on piano; Rusty Holloway on bass; and Keith Brown on drums.

The band has appeared in jazz festivals in Europe, released four critically acclaimed CD recordings (“Blues Man from Memphis: More from the Musical Mind of Donald Brown,” “A Year in the Life of the Band,” “One for the Team” and “The Music of Donald Brown”) and performed dozens of concerts in Knoxville, many featuring internationally recognized guest artists.

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra hosts a small lunch-time jazz concert from noon to 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Square Room in the heart of Knoxville’s downtown business district.

The band also oversees the Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra, an honors band for high school students from across the region that rehearses weekly throughout the school year and performs several concerts each year, and sponsors a Jazz in the Schools program that provides free small group concerts in Knox County public schools.

To find out more about the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, visit its website at .

For tickets to Sunday’s concert, call the NPAC box office (open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday) at (423) 638-1679. The box office will open at 1 p.m., Sunday.

NPAC is located adjacent to Greeneville High School at 212 Tusculum Blvd., Greeneville.

For more information, visit NPAC’s website at

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