June 9, 2018|7:00 pm
Summer Jazz Fantasy
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Live jazz and pops tunes with an “al Fresco” feel – our traditional summer concert with picnic tables, food and friends! Whenever there’s music and magic in the air, anything can happen! John David, one of the most sought-after drummers in the Southeast, leads the Jazz band.
Featuring Rob Opitz, Conductor, Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra and P.J. Harper, Award Winning Memphis R&B Vocalist
New to the Rome area and the RSO, Rob Opitz is a staple in the metro Atlanta and Southeast Ga music scene. As a professional Jazz musician and educator, he is the Artist-in- Residence on Jazz Trumpet at Kennesaw State University, Jazz instructor for the Georgia Governor’s Honor Program at Berry College, and director of the Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra. His professional appearances include working with: 80s icon Robbie Dupree, Oasis founder Noel Gallagher, original Temptations singer Dennis Edwards, and Jazz legends such as Claudio Roditi, Diane Schuur, Jon Faddis, and many more. Mr. Opitz has also performed with the Joe Gransden Big Band, Georgia Symphony Orchestra Big Band, and the Orquesta MaCuba. He lives in Kennesaw with his wife, two sons, and two dogs.
Born and raised in Southern California, Patty Jo Harper has been “raising the roof” and belting out songs in a variety of musical styles including Jazz, Rock, Blues, R&B, Top 40, Pop, Standards, Show tunes, and Rock Opera throughout the U.S. and Europe for over 30 years. One of the most awarded vocalists on Memphis’ iconic Beale Street, P.J. and her band won the Memphis Blues Society Battle of the Bands, earning them a spot in the 2010 International Blues Challenge. Career highlights include leading roles in dozens of professional musical theatre productions and fronting bands in England, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Holland. An award- winning vocalist, she has performed for; The Montreux Jazz Festival, The North Sea Jazz Festival, and at clubs such as Ronnie Scott’s in London, and Dante’s in Los Angeles.