Etowah Jazz Society concert brings sounds of love to Grand Theatre
by Jessica Loeding
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Saunders Jones leads the Etowah Jazz Society musicians at a rehearsal for the upcoming concert. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Saunders Jones leads the Etowah Jazz Society musicians at a rehearsal for the upcoming concert. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Love notes of a musical variety will fill The Grand Theatre on Thursday.

Performing its third annual Valentine’s Day concert, the Etowah Jazz Society, comprised of 17 volunteer musicians, will take the stage at 7 p.m. with all proceeds going to benefit Bartow Health Access.

Founding member Saunders Jones said this year’s beneficiary was suggested by his wife.

BHA Board Member Lee Burger said the nonprofit is pleased to be selected by the group.

“[The funds] are important to us because we are in the [process] of starting our actual health clinic,” he said of the agency’s 31 Pointe North Drive location in Cartersville.

Since its inception in January 2008, Bartow Health Access has assisted more than 10,000 uninsured residents with health care referrals and medication assistance.

Grand Ticketing Director Leslie Bronson said this year’s show will feature all vocal tunes with many new songs, arrangements and several new vocalists.

Keeping with the romance of the holiday, Jones said the set will include classics such as “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You,” “Me and Mrs. Jones” and “Moondance” among others.

Originally from Memphis, the show’s guest vocalist is Toni Byrd, a singer/songwriter who has worked with some of Atlanta’s finest artists. She currently performs regularly at The Georgia Shrimp Company in Peachtree City, at Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta, and with the Peachtree Jazz Edition.

The box office will open at 6 p.m. Thursday, with the show beginning at 7. Tickets are $18 each and can be purchased at The Grand Theatre Box Office, 7 N. Wall St., Cartersville, or by telephone with a credit card at 770-386-7343. Seating is general admission.

Founded in April 2002, the Etowah Jazz Society is a not-for-profit organization benefitting local music programs and providing college scholarships, tuition and music funds for local high schools.

To learn more about the EJS, find events or to purchase a CD, visit www.myspace.com/etowahjazzsociety, www.etowahjazz.com or www.soundclick.com/etowahjazzsociety.