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UMobile Jazz Band Presents Night of Classic Big Band Jazz

The University of Mobile Performing Arts Series will present “A Night of Classic Big Band Jazz” performed by the UMobile Jazz Band on Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Saraland Performing Arts Center at Saraland High School.

Saraland High School is located at 1115 Industrial Parkway, Saraland, AL, 36571. Admission is $10 at the door and in advance at

The band is under the direction of Kenn Hughes, assistant professor of music in the Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and School of Worship Leadership.

Selections will include “Bye, Bye Blackbird,“ “This Could Be the Start of Something Big,” and “Gorilla Man Blues,” along with many other classics. Vocal students from the university will also be featured, including Josh Hill singing “Beyond the Sea,” Cooper Bascom on “Mr. Zoot Suit,” Mary Laura Boyett singing “Feeling Good,” Nathan Dodd with “L-O-V-E,” Mallory Searcy presenting “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” Rickey Kennedy with “Let the Good Times Roll” and Landon Brantley performing “Sentimental Journey.”

The UMobile Jazz Band includes five saxophonists, five trombonist, six trumpeters, and four percussionists, in addition to Steinway Artist Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva, adjunct instructor of piano.

Dr. Al Miller, dean of the Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and School of Worship Leadership, said the UMobile Jazz Band presents an excellent and highly entertaining program.

“And to top that, the program itself always holds some unique element that only the UMobile Jazz Band can execute. Come and enjoy a great night of musical entertainment,” Miller said.

For more information on the UMobile Big Band Jazz performance, contact Steven Dawson at 251.442.2383 or

University of Mobile Jazz Band during a recording session for 8Eighty Records.

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