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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Jazz up your summer


While many of us would love to spend the summer tent hopping from festival to festival, that’s just not in the cards for a lot of us college students. Luckily for us Athenians, Athens hosts one of the most unique and (most of the time) cheap music scenes out there. If you’re looking for a different way to quench your musical thirst this summer without having to sacrifice a few meals to foot the bill, look no further than Athens’ own Cine. Known for their unique art house theater feel and thought provoking film showings, Cine is not your average movie theater. And this summer, they are proving that by hosting jazz jam sessions every Monday at CineLab. The jamming begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until 8. The best part about it? It’s absolutely free of charge. Athens’ own jazz ensemble, Sonny Got Blue, is there every Monday, performing a standing jazz jam session. A true Athens band, four out of the six members are associated with the University. Karl Friday (drums), a University professor of Japanese History, George Davidson (tenor sax), a printmaker for the University press, James Goodhand (bass), an environmental economics major at UGA, Andrew Murdison (trumpet), a graduate student at UGA, Jeremy Roberts (guitar) and Steve Key (piano and guitar), make up this motley crew of jazz jammers. Sonny Got Blue is often joined by other jazz musicians on Monday evenings. Regulars and semi-regulars rotate their array of different instruments weekly. While jazz may not be the first music genre that comes to mind when you think of Athens’ music scene, this group of unique and talented artists will get you your daily dose of tunes without the fiscal hangover the next morning.

-Laurie Moot

Currently listening to: "Little Bit," by Lykke Li

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