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SU to host Uptown Vocal Jazz group

By Staff | Jan 8, 2010

Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet performing Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. Shepherd University Frank Center

The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has shared the international stage with Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Sonny Rollins, the Mingus Big Band, the Neville Brothers, Chris Botti, Ahmad Jamal, the Four Freshmen and many other jazz greats. On Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet will be in concert at the Frank Center on the campus of Shepherd University.

Sponsored by Jack and Helen Saum, this event is the first in the Friends of Music 2010 concert series.

“Friends of Music is kicking off the new year with another stellar line up,” said Dr. Mark McCoy chairman of the Shepherd University Department of Music. “This great evening of vocal jazz brings a new style of music to the series and I am thankful to FOM for making so much great music happen.”

The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has been captivating audiences worldwide with their tightly harmonized renditions of classic jazz, vocalese, big band, and American Songbook standards. The Jan. 22 program will feature jazz and American popular music by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Sammy Fain, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dizzy Gillespie, Alan Bergman, and other greats.

“The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet ranks in skill and sparkle with New York Voices and Manhattan Transfer.” Said FOM president, Dr. Rob Northrup. “The concert promises to be a stunning and sophisticated evening of the best of the American songbook.”

The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. For ticket information and to learn more about the Friends of Music concert series please visit or call (304) 876-5765

The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that supports musical excellence at Shepherd University bringing world-class music and a thriving music program to the community.