The Jazz Legacy Project: Billy Strayhorn,Take the A Train

The Jazz Legacy Project: Billy Strayhorn,Take the A Train


Thursday, October 6, 2022 – 7:30pm

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Seating Chart:  Seats are purchased in sections. Cannot purchase particular seat.

VIP – Table for 6 (max).  Must purchase entire table.  VIP will enjoy early entry to the venue. VIP will receive custom table centerpiece, pre-show entertainment and early access to concessions.

PREMIUM – Premium seating will enjoy early entry to venue, pre-show entertainment and early access to concessions.

What is it?
Each program is roughly 90 minutes, with the goal of bringing the casual jazz listener inside the minds and music of the most influential and interesting American musicians of all time.  The life and music of the artist/composer is entertainingly narrated by the drummer, Mr. Justin Varnes, and seminal jazz pieces are played to illuminate the narration.  These are NOT tribute concerts in the sense that the musicians are trying to recreate the original performances, but instead to celebrate the essence and accomplishments of the particular artist.

Who is it?
The Jazz Legacy Project:
Drummer and Narrator: Justin Varnes
Pianist/ Keyboardist: Louis Heriveaux
Bassist: Kevin Smith
Saxophonist: John Sandfort
Vocalist: Nicole Chillemi

“It’s like a jazz concert and a jazz history class in one…and they play their behinds off, too!” – Tamara Fuller, the Velvet Note.

Leader Justin Varnes has taught jazz at Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State University, as well as toured with Earl Klugh, Phoebe Snow, and Mose Allison. His Jazz Legacy Project was sponsored by the Fulton County Public Library system for a year-long series of concerts. The Jazz Legacy Project has also performed at the Velvet Note, the Jazz Corner, the 30-A Songwriter’s Festival, and the Greenville Music Museum.

Billy Strayhorn: Take the A Train 

Strayhorn has a recording strike to thank for the opportunity of a lifetime. He has his unparalleled gift for impressionistic tones and colors to thank for turning that opportunity into co-creating the most prolific and indelible music of the 20th Century.

Additional information


General Admission, Premium – table for 4, VIP – table for 6


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