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Jazz at the High Museum Tonight

2009 September 18
Dan Baraszu

Dan Baraszu

Friday Jazz at the High Museum of Art in Midtown Atlanta will host a jazz quartet starring guitarist Dan Baraszu.

This evening, from 5 to 10 p.m., guests are invited to listen to the band and tour the museum.

The quartet will play mainstream jazz, funk and Latin tunes. Band members include Marlon Patton, drums; David Ellington, keyboards; and Joseph Patrick Moore, bass.

A guitar player for more than 25 years, Baraszu started out playing classical, rock, and blues. Upon hearing the music of guitarist Wes Montgomery, he devoted his studies to jazz. His music is also influenced by that of Bill Evans, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, and Charlie Parker.

Baraszu is a graduate of the Berkelee College of Music, where he majored in jazz composition and arranging. He later obtained a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami.

Ellington, a pianist and organist, also graduated from the Berkelee College of Music. He later studied with Ellis Marsalis at the University of New Orleans.

Starting at age 1, Patton began playing the drums. He graduated from the University of Georgia’s school of music with a bachelor’s degree in music performance. He plays with the Ken Watters Group and the Mace Hibbard Quartet. He also produces and records two other bands: Grogus, a Latin jazz band, and Heavy Mojo, a hip-hop group.

Baraszu teaches guitar privately and plays solo gigs Thursdays through Saturdays at the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead. He also plays at private events and at jazz clubs around town.

He has recorded two albums: “Christmas Time is Here” and “Nightfall.”

From 5:30 to 10 p.m. the museum will also host a Single Mingle event, which will feature an ice-breaker game at 7:30.

Jazz at the High is free with museum admission, $18, and free to members. The Single Mingle event is $5 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

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