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Spring jazz showcase scheduled for Friday


The Jazz Showcase will be held this Friday, February 22nd at Mason Hall Performance Center. Dr. Andy Nevala- Director of Jazz Studies- will be directing the groups.

The Spring Jazz Showcase on Friday, February 22, will feature Jazz Ensembles I, II and III, as well as the Latin Ensemble.

Some very famous musicians will also be attending the show on Friday.

Dr Nevala explains, “These guys are world class musicians, and we are lucky to be able to bring them to JSU.”

Joining the stage will be guest artists Steve Houghton, an internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator.  

Joey Pero will be the other visiting guest. Mr. Pero plays the trumpet. He is famous for his unique jazz sound.

Dr. Nevala said, “It’s going to be the best jazz concert this county has ever seen, at least until the 2nd Annual Jazz Festival on April 5th.”

Dr. Andy Nevala currently directs Jazz Ensembles I and II, the Latin ensemble and two combos, along with teaching Improvisation. He also teaches several private lessons with Jazz students.

Dr. Nevala formerly held the title of Coordinator of Jazz Studies at California State University, Stanislaus, where he conducted the Jazz Ensemble, Combos I-V, the Latin Ensemble and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He has taught courses including Jazz Pedagogy for the Music Educator, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History, Jazz Piano, Jazz Arranging and private lessons to the upper-division Jazz Studies Majors.

The JSU Jazz Program has 3 big bands, A Latin ensemble and 6 combos. Groups perform every Monday night at Wake and Bake Pizza on the square in Jacksonville from 7-9 pm.

Dr. Nevala said that “the Jazz program at JSU has seen unprecedented growth in the 2 years” he’s been here. “We are almost at the point where we can compete with big boys like a North Texas or Eastman.”

The groups will also be performing February 27th at Pepperrell High School in Rome, Ga., and March 6th at JSU Jazz Night at Ona’s Music Room in Birmingham, Al.

Dr. Nevala is looking forward to the event. The Director said, “This concert will rock your socks off. If you’re not used to an exciting, high quality, high-energy musical experience, you better bring a diaper. Not a Pampers or anything you can get at the Wal-Mart, but the ones they used on the space shuttle, an Astronaut diaper. We are THAT good.”

The JSU Jazz Website is Director Andy Nevala’s personal website is

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