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Gary Motley Jazz Quintet to Perform May 29

The Steinway Society of Georgia Military College invites the public to an evening of jazz by the Gary Motley Quintet on Thursday, May 29 at 7:30 pm in the Goldstein Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Georgia Military College. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Gary Motley Quintet features Gary Motley on piano. Motley has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and the American Composers Forum. He has been featured in “Downbeat Magazine” and on Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. Recording credit include Russell Malone’s “Black Butterfly” CD and his own recording “Everything I Love”. Motley has performed at Carnegie Hall and with artists Dave Brubeck, Jon Faddis and Kenny Barron. He was the recipient of Creative Loafing Magazine’s Critics Choice Award for best Jazz Pianist. With degrees in music from the University of Montevallo and Georgia State University, Motley is the Director of Jazz Studies at Emory University in Atlanta.

Jazz vocalist Veronica Motley will perform with the Gary Motley Quintet for the concert in Milledgeville. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She has been featured with the Alan Knieter Orchestra and was formerly a vocalist for the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame’s Heritage Jazz Combo. Motley’s performance venues include the Atlanta Jazz Festival, City Stages Music Festival and Atlanta’s High Museum. She can be heard on Birmingham Heritage Band’s recording “Birmingham is Our Home” and has also been featured on BET’s Jazz Discovery. She has been a contributor to panel discussions on Atlanta radio station WABE’s Jazz Classics with H. Johnson.

The Gary Motley Quintet also includes saxophone, bass, and drums. Their performance in Milledgeville is made possible by the Grassroots Arts Program. The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through an appropriation of the Georgia General Assembly and administered locally by the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Allied Arts.

For additional information about the Gary Motley Jazz Quintet concert please call Allied Arts at (478) 452-3950 or the Georgia Military College Office of Advancement at (478) 445-2692.