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Jazz Saxophonist Danna Thomas' Major Recital

  Danna Thomas
Lead Alto Saxophonist, UVa Jazz Ensemble
Interdisciplinary Major Recital
Saturday April 30, 2011, 8pm
Interview on The Jazz Messenger, April 22

Danna Thomas

The concert will be held at The Haven (112 Market St) and is a culmination of four years of study with jazz trumpeter and composer John D'earth and jazz saxophonist Jeff Decker, and will feature original jazz compositions to poetry Danna's written under the guidance of Gregory Orr. The performance will also showcase the talents of the Thursday-evening Jazz Chamber Ensemble. Additionally, Danna will provide excerpts of her senior thesis paper that she's been simultaneously working on this past semester with Scott DeVeaux, which examines gender and sexuality in jazz music.

This performance highlights the various facets of Danna's Echols-Interdisciplinary Major: arts administration, poetry writing, jazz studies, and studies in women and gender. It is also part of the "Music 4 Mental Health" initiative to promote awareness of mental health issues and bring attention to the pivotal role the arts play in improving our mental well-being

While this recital is absolutely free, donations will be accepted if you feel so inclined. Special thanks to the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless for sponsoring this concert.

Brian Keena will interview Danna on his show "The Jazz Messenger", on Friday, April 22 10:30am. We will feature some musical influences as well as a live reading of her original poetry.


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