Thursday, April 23, 2009

Trimmins Performs at Sunbelt Jazz Festival

Jazz musicians and jazz enthusiasts will gather at the 24th annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival on Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts to hear jazz legend Ken Trimmins perform on stage.

Trimmins has been a guest performer on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” where he demonstrated his unusual talent of playing two trumpets at one time. His musical performance for the Clearwater Jazz Holiday has also been featured on BET Jazz.

Trimmins, a graduate of Mercer University and a 23-year-veteran with the United States Air Force Band, will perform with the UWG Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Daniel Bakos, professor of music.

Selections for the evening’s concert include “Jumpin’ Jivin’ Joey” by Matt Harris, “Li’l Liza Jane” by Doug Beach and George Shutack, “Uno Mas” by Paul Lopez and “Quintessence” by Hank Levy.

Trimmins, currently a member of the music faculty at Armstrong Atlantic State University, directed two Air Force jazz bands and performed as a trumpet soloist. He has studied trumpet with a number of world-renowned artists including jazz greats Bobby Shew, Willie Thomas, Vincent DiMartino and former Atlanta Symphony principle trumpeter Jim Thompson.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $3 for children and $5 for UWG students with ID. The Townsend Center Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 678-839-4722 or visit

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