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Utah State University Presents Seventh Annual Jazz Night at the Sky Club

Thursday, Feb. 07, 2013

poster for USU's 'Jazz Night at the Sky Club'
Student musicians from USU's jazz program, including the Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Ensemble, are featured in the annual 'Jazz Night at the Sky Club,’ now in its seventh year. The dinner-dance event is Feb. 15 and 16 on the USU campus.
USU Jazz Night at the Sky Club bandstand detail
USU student singing at Jazz Night at the Sky Club

Utah State University’s Skyroom Restaurant will be transformed into a 1930s jazz nightclub Feb. 15 and 16 for the ninth annual Jazz Night at the Sky Club.


The evening begins with a reception followed by a gourmet dinner, live jazz music and dancing. All proceeds support the Larry Smith Jazz Scholarship. A Student-Only Dance Night is Feb. 14.


The production is a combined effort of USU’s Music Department, the Skyroom Restaurant in the Taggart Student Center, USU Catering and University Inn and Conference Center.


While patrons enjoy rich vocals and smooth jazz music, the Skyroom features a reception, including a silent auction, hors d’oeuvers, specialty drinks and lounge singer. The dinner follows with salad and a variety of entrees that include beef coulotte steak, pan grilled salmon fillet or a choice of two other entrees, including a vegetarian offering, then dessert.


Following dinner, the USU Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra and their vocalists kick off the remainder of the evening with the Big Band dance songs made timeless by jazz legends and others, including Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Bobby Darin and Billie Holiday. The dance floor becomes a hot spot for the Charleston, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug and other dances nostalgic of the first half of the 20th century.


The USU groups are joined by Smith, the guest of honor, a former USU jazz educator and noted saxophonist.


“For those who enjoy an evening of fine dining and dancing to big band music, this event is pretty irresistible,” said Smith, the scholarship’s namesake. “The dance music by the USU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra is scintillating, the food is excellent and the dancing is enjoyable. It’s exciting to see Jazz Night at the Sky Club be so successful.”


Free swing dance lessons will be available in the TSC International Lounge nightly one hour before the event.


Tickets for Jazz Night at the Sky Club are $48 and are available at the USU Ticket Office in the Smith Spectrum (900 E. 900 North, Logan) through Tuesday, Feb. 12. The University Inn on the USU campus offers an overnight package that includes two tickets to the show, a night stay and a hot breakfast the next morning. For pricing and reservations, call the University Inn and Conference Center toll free, 800-231-5634.


For more information about Jazz Night at the Sky Club, contact Ann Marie Wallace Thompson at (801) 971-0859.


Contact: Ann Marie Thompson, (801) 971-0859, annmarie.thompson@hotmail.com

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