On April 13 at 7 p.m., professional Baton Rouge jazz vibraphonist Charles Brooks will perform in a special one-night-only jazz concert with legendary New Orleans jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones, world-renowned jazz drummer Troy Davis, and professional jazz double bassist Robert Nash Ph.D. This concert is free and open to the public. 

Held on the main stage of the Magnolia Theater at Baton Rouge Community College, Brooks is presenting this special jazz concert as part of his second annual Mid City Jazz Festival, which is taking place as part of BRCC’s Ninth annual Arts Festival.

The concert is an opportunity to bring together students, musicians, educators, and music lovers within the community to support the preservation of  Louisiana jazz music and heritage. 

Information on the artists:

Known as the “keeper of the flame” for traditional New Orleans jazz, Jones was recently named Offbeat Magazine’s 2016 Trumpeter of the Year. He is a critical figure in the history of New Orleans music and is credited with keeping the brass band tradition of New Orleans alive and flourishing. Jones is a member of the New Orleans Jazz Hall of Fame, a regular at Preservation Hall and a featured performer in the Harry Connick Orchestra. 

 Jazz drummer Troy Davis, a Baton Rouge native, is a former student of the late great Alvin Batiste and is a highly regarded jazz drummer for hard bop trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Davis has toured and recorded with the likes of Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove, Marlon Jordan, Monty Alexander, Toots Thielemans and the Marsalis Brothers. 

Nash is a double bass and electric bass jazz performer and educator in Louisiana. He is an instructor of double bass and electric bass at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Additionally Dr. Nash is a member of the Cypress Lake Sextet, Lake Charles Symphony, and Principal Double Bass with the Rapides Symphony. 

Brooks is a professional jazz vibraphonist, percussionist, hand drummer, composer, clinician, and educator in Baton Rouge. He is head of Baton Rouge Community College’s audio engineering program, is the founder and host of the Mid City Jazz Festival. In addition to being the Capital City’s only jazz vibraphonist, he is also the state’s only four-mallet improvisational vibraphonist actively teaching and performing.