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Joe Lovano plays the Rialto April 22

2011 April 19

Hear one of the most swinging hep cats around this Friday as Joe Lovano takes the stage with the Georgia State University Jazz Band at the Rialto Center for the Arts.

Lovano has been playing professionally since the ’70s when he toured with Tom Jones, recorded with Lonnie Smith and George Benson on “Afrodesia,” played with Chet Baker, and toured for three years with Woody Herman and his band.

In the 1980s he joined the Mel Lewis Orchestra when Bob Brookmeyer and also played in other large ensembles with Carla Bley, Bob Brookmeyer, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra and Gunther Schuller. A year later he played in a trio with Paul Motian and Bill Frisell.

He has also played with Michael Brecker, Abbey Lincoln, Esperanza Spalding, Hank Jones, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman and so many other all-time greats

Lovano will be joined by the GSU Jazz Band, and if it is as good as it was a couple of years ago when I last heard it, it will astound you!

Joe Lovano and the Georgia State University Jazz Band play Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m. at the Rialto.

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