Swing into spring as EMU Jazz Program hosts "Jazz is Alive! Benefit Concert & Dance" on April 6 in Student Center Ballroom

Fundraiser supports Eastern's jazz program and scholarships

by Geoff Larcom, Published March 21, 2013

YPSILANTI - What better time and way to swing into spring than a special jazz and dance concert to benefit students?

Eastern Michigan University's Jazz Program will be hosting the  "Jazz is Alive! Benefit Concert & Dance," Saturday April 6 from 7-10:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The event celebrates National Jazz Month.


Renowned area drummer Sean Dobbins.

Tickets for the event are $35 per person, and pre-registration is required by April 2.  The ticket price includes one alcoholic drink, appetizers and a dessert reception.

The event will be a big band jazz concert, with dancing and swing dancing for those who wish to hit the floor. Suzanne Zelnick, head of The Ballroom Dance Club/Swing Society at EMU, and society members will be giving dance demonstrations.

Proceeds from the event will go toward increasing the endowment of the EMU Al Townsend Jazz Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to a selected jazz student, and will also go toward covering next year's educational experiences in the Jazz Program.

The event will feature The Couriers, a local jazz big band, along with the EMU Jazz Ensemble. Sean Dobbins, one of Detroit's most popular jazz drummers, will be the guest artist.

Dobbins, an Ann Arbor native, is known in the area music community for his roles as a band director, drum teacher, and positive influence for many. He has collaborated with other prominent musicians throughout his career, including Johnny Basset, Benny Golson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Joey DeFrancesco.

"The EMU Jazz Ensemble sounds great again this year, and we look forward to creating a memorable evening with The Couriers and Sean Dobbins," said Donald Babcock, an EMU jazz instructor.

To register for the event or for more information, call 734-487-4380 or email emu.music@emich.edu.

To find out how you can contribute to Eastern Michigan's music and dance scholarships, please see the website at https://www.emich.edu/musicdance/donate/


Geoff Larcom



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