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Sonny Fortune Returns to UVa's Brooks Hall

Sonny Fortune
returns to UVa's Brooks Hall
Sunday November 6, 2011, 7pm

Sonny Fortune

If you were one of the unfortunate few who arrived late to the sold out Sonny Fortune concert at UVa's Brooks Hall in January and were turned away, you have been granted a second chance. The legendary jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer returns to Charlottesville Sunday November 6th at 7 p.m. for an encore performance at Brooks Hall.

This concert, co-sponsored by The Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU-FM, will feature a different supporting cast this time around, as Sonny will be with his long-time east coast touring band. The group includes Bob Butta on keyboards, James King on bass, and Nasar Abadey on drums.

Sonny Fortune is well known for his stints with jazz greats like Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner and Buddy Rich, and he has released many acclaimed recordings on Blue Note and other labels.  His most recent CD is "Last Night at Sweet Rhythm.”  Listen to Sonny's music in the days leading up to the concert on WTJU, 91.1 FM. Renowned jazz critic Nat Hentoff says of Sonny: "On alto, tenor, flute, clarinet, baritone saxophone - and as an intriguingly personal composer - Sonny is the embodiment of the sound of surprise in this music, and he ought to be a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master."

The January show at Brooks was an old fashioned hard bop blowing session with wildly enthusiastic audience members filling every nook and cranny of the beautiful atrium room, and this concert should be no different.  Tickets are available at the door only beginning at 6 p.m., so arrive early.  The cost is $15 general admission and $10 for members of the Charlottesville Jazz Society.  All students pay what you can. Sonny Fortune will conduct a free master class on Monday October 7th at Albemarle High School, open to all music students.  This class is made possible by a generous donation in memory of Paul Burns.

Brooks Hall is located next to the Rotunda on University Avenue.  For more information visit the Charlottesville Jazz Society, or call (434) 249-6191.

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