The Coastal Carolina University Jazz Big Band and Carl Payne Big Band will team up for a dual performance on Saturday in honor of International Jazz Day, according to a press release.
The free performance, called "Come Let Freedom Sing," will take place on Prince Lawn at 7:30 p.m. and is presented by CCU's Department of Music in conjunction with the Skipp Pearson Jazz Legacy Foundation.
The Carl Payne Big Band is headed by Carlton Payne Jr. and was founded with the goal of educating members of the public as well as young, aspiring musicians in the genre of big band swing, the release says.
Members of the band include band directors, teachers, engineers, lawyers, law enforcement officers and high school and college students.
The CCU Jazz Big Band, under the direction of an associate professor in the music department Matthew White, includes saxophones, trumpets, trombones, a drumset and a piano, according to the release.
The performance kicks off a weeklong celebration of jazz music throughout South Carolina, culminating on April 30 with International Jazz Day, the release states
“International Jazz Week and performances during this week serve to preserve African American culture and jazz music as an educational tool and instrument for intercultural dialogue,” Amy Tully, associate professor of music and associate dean of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, said in the release. “Furthermore, students and professional musicians in South Carolina embrace a living jazz culture on a statewide stage, paying tribute to the jazz art form and its power to promote dialogue among cultures, embrace diversity, and deepen respect for human rights in all forms of expression.”
The release says International Jazz Day is a global occasion celebrating jazz music across multiple cultures sponsored by the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO).