JSU Jazz Night at Ona’s will take place at Ona’s Music Room in Birmingham on Thursday, April 3rd starting at 8:30 pm.
According to Andrew Nevala, director of the Jacksonville State University Jazz Ensembles, all three JSU Big Bands will perform, along with the Latin Jazz Ensemble and select combos.
Nevala said, “We have 10 different performing jazz groups at JSU. JSU Jazz Night at Ona’s will feature the very best of what we have.”
Jazz night is meant not only to promote Jacksonville State University, but also to give the students a special opportunity.
“This is a very special occasion - it’s rare college and university groups have the opportunity to perform in a professional setting. It prepares our students for the real world. It is also letting people in this state know where to study if they want to be a part of the best jazz program in the area”.
According to Nevala, previous Jazz Nights have been standing room only with energetic crowds.
“If you’ve never been to a real jazz concert, this is the one to go to. At our last Jazz Night at Ona’s, we had several music faculty from Birmingham area colleges and universities who came to see what the fuss was all about with JSU jazz,” says Dr. Nevala.
The JSU jazz program has tripled in size in the last 3 years.
Nevala claims, “We just completed our 3rd Jazz Festival which was a huge success. We are still growing - we will add a 4th big band next year.”
Ona’s Music Room is located in Dr. Pepper Place, 2801 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233. For more information about JSU Jazz Night at Ona’s, contact Dr. Nevala or call Ona’s Music Room at 205-320-7006.