Jazz continues in Polk County with concerts and Masterclass this weekend 

Published 11:36 am Friday, October 28, 2022

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Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) will offer three programs this weekend in partnership with area schools and churches in the area. “We are excited about offering a trio of free and ticketed jazz programs this weekend for youth and adults,” said Marianne Carruth, TFAC Executive Director. 


On Saturday, October 29, the series continues with a free Masterclass in Jazz & Etiquette at TFAC for 30 selected area high school students from 12 to 4 p.m. The session combines Charleston, SC-based award-winning musician, Quentin Baxter’s knowledge and skills with the up-and-coming jazz group, The Gardening Club, and etiquette instructor Tatia Adams-Fox, founder of The New School of Etiquette. The afternoon includes a 3-course catered meal – all of which will create an educational and memorable jazz experience for our area youth.  

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A community jazz concert on TFAC’s Veh Main Stage follows on October 29. The concert features the 6-member band The Gardening Club at 4 p.m. The concert is free for students and $10 for adults. “The Jazz ’22 series supports TFAC’s goal of expanding its reach across the county and efforts to grow vitally important connections with younger, more diverse audiences,” noted TFAC Board member and Jazz ’22 Series Committee member, Melvin Cox.


And, on Sunday, October 30, Jazz ’22 hosts a free concert at the Zion Grove A.M.E. Zion Church at 5620 Pea Ridge Road in Rutherfordton at 4 PM. The concert is being offered in partnership with the church and has been coordinated by TFAC Board and Jazz ’22 Committee member, Melvin Cox. The Hymns & Spirituals Collective, including Baxter and the band of truly amazing musicians, will share the sounds of jazz as they explore the depth, beauty and soul of sacred music in this free event. A reception follows the concert, sponsored by Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort. Tickets for the free event are limited and available by calling TFAC or emailing sharol@tryonarts.org“The Hymns and Spirituals concert at Zion Grove A.M.E. Zion Church will bring innovative programming to Eastern Polk County and the Green Creek Township. It will acknowledge the rich history and cultural contributions of the African-American community.” said TFAC Board Member and Jazz ’22 Committee member, Melvin Cox.


TFAC thanks the Jazz ’22 Committee and supporters, including the Jazz ‘22 Patrons & Hosts, Kirby Endowment of Polk County Community Foundation, Quentin Baxter Enterprises, South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and NC Arts Council, Polk County Schools, Tryon Resort, media sponsor, WNCW and event partner, Zion Grove A.M.E. Zion Church.


For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.tryonarts.org/events or call TFAC at 828-859-8322. 


Submitted by Debra Torrence