Olde Town Conyers jazz concert features seasoned saxophonist

Jazz saxophonist Dave D'Angelo will perform in Conyers with his quartet on March 2.

Jazz saxophonist Dave D'Angelo will perform in Conyers with his quartet on March 2.

CONYERS -- In the mood for a little swing and bebop? Next weekend you'll find it in the most unlikely of places -- the Unity Church of Rockdale in Olde Town Conyers.

As part of its First Friday Concert Series, Unity Church presents the Dave D'Angelo Jazz Quartet on Friday at 8 p.m.

Athens resident and Grammy nominee Dave D'Angelo leads the band on alto saxophone and rounding out the group is Chris Enghuaser on bass, Justin Chesarek on drums and Rick Roler on guitar.

The concert will take place in the Unity Church of Rockdale's sanctuary, 933 Commercial St. in Olde Town Conyers.

Seating is limited to 50 and doors open at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person, $25 for a couple, and $5 for children younger than 18. Tickets may be purchased in advance. Concert-goers are also asked to bring donations of gently worn winter coats and canned goods for the needy.

Proceeds benefit the church's music program. Unity Church of Rockdale Music Director Denise D'Angelo Jones said she intends to use the money raised from the concert to purchase a new piano for the church.

Jones, who has been married to Dave D'Angelo for 21 years, said she is pleased to be able to bring a musician of her husband's caliber to the church.

"It's going to be a fabulous concert," said Jones.

D'Angelo started his musical career touring with band leader and drummer Buddy Rich in the early 1980s.

He then went on to spend 27 years in New York City working as a woodwind doubler playing instruments including clarinet, flute, piccolo and saxophone in more than 60 Broadway shows, allowing him opportunities to work with stars like Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Julie Andrews, Reba McEntire and James Brown.

He rejoined the Buddy Rich Reunion Band in New York City in 1996 for the recording of the Grammy-nominated, "Burning for Buddy" tribute CD.

Currently an adjunct professor at Jacksonville State University in Alabama and a musician-in-residence at the University of Georgia, D'Angelo served as a music educator at Pace Academy in Atlanta.

Other music educator credits include clarinet and saxophone instructor at Wagner College in New York City; music teacher at Future Musicians Inc. in New Jersey; and guest clinician at the Hartford Academy for the Arts, The Cincinnati Conservancy, Boise State University, Arizona State University and Youngstown State University.

In 2010-11, he toured for nine months with a "Fiddler on the Roof" production. He recently performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at a concert headlined by Bernadette Peters.

The Unity Church of Rockdale concert will include a variety of jazz selections, said D'Angelo.

"We'll be playing standards out of the mold of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, some jazz standards from Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington, plus an original tune or two of mine," he said.


teachmejazz 3 years, 9 months ago

It's refreshing to see support for jazz music. I realize that live music is not a priority for local restaurants in the Conyers area, let alone live jazz. That aside, I do hope there is a positive turn out for this small but serious performance. Long live jazz musicians


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