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The Poetry of Jazz


Willie E. Atkinson, vocalist, and The Transitional Jazz Quintet will present an evening of soulful ballads and up tempo classics Friday, February 15, 7:30 PM, Orringer Auditorium, Craven Community College, New Bern. The concert is billed as an appropriate prelude to Valentine’s celebration

Critics describe Atkinson as an extraordinarily smooth jazz vocalist, offering a unique and unforgettable fluid interpretation of jazz and blues for his audience. He is said to exercise a fresh approach by presenting vocals in his own personal style while exploring the syncopated rhythms of a swinging tune or telling the story of a lonesome, wanting heart.

Renowned Jazz critic Peter Ingram, of the Online Arts Journal in North Carolina, reviewing a previous Atkinson concert said the audience basked in “jazz poetry” interpretations that Atkinson gave to swing era standards. Ingram observed, “He certainly inspired the audience to standing ovations at this concert!”

The Transitional Jazz Quintet consists of: Stephen Anderson, UNC Chapel Hill, piano; Phil Owens, New Bern, guitar; Doug Trammel, Myrtle Beach, bass; Michael Hanson, Rocky Point, percussion; and Jeff Bair, East Carolina University, saxophone. Liz Pina of Wilmington, NC is a guest jazz vocalist for this concert.

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