Etowah Jazz Society to perform Valentine’s Day concert at 3 p.m.


The Etowah Jazz Society will present a Valentine’s Day concert, featuring popular tunes from movies and television. Starting at 3 p.m. on Feb. 14, the show will be held at The Grand Theatre in downtown Cartersville.

“Every year we do something a little bit different,” said Saunders Jones Jr., music director for the Etowah Jazz Society. “... This year, we used [the] TV and movie themes to pull our selections from to play our music. So it ought to be tunes that you all know, [such as] ‘Mannix,’ things from ‘My Fair Lady,’ things from ‘Sound of Music.’ And then all of the television themes, [like] ‘The Odd Couple,’ some ‘Peanuts’ [music].”Formed in 2002, the big band is a nonprofit that has released five albums to date. For the Valentine’s Day concert, the musicians will be joined onstage by vocalist Roberta Davis Longacre.According to, “At age 12, as her mother played the piano, Roberta shared the stage with Little Richard. Later she went on to performances with Sammy Davis, Jr., Leslie Uggams, Corbit Monica and numerous other entertainers of the day. As an ensemble singer she toured as a member of the R&B group, The Marvelettes (Don’t Mess With Bill), and became a road warrior for her artistic craft.“Roberta’s stage work includes acting in plays that range from musicals to drama and comedy. She has excelled in featured roles in The Song of Bernadette, Lost in the Stars, and The Will to Survive (I’ve Got It). In 2005, Roberta began singing with the New Horizons Jazz Blues Band as the lead vocalist. Currently, under the auspices of Dream Starz Entertainment LLC, she sings with the [Etowah] Jazz Band and Roswell’s 80’s music pop band, City Beat.”Tickets for the Etowah Jazz Society’s concert will be $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Proceeds from the event will help fund local music programs and college scholarships.Further details and tickets can be obtained by calling 770-386-7343 or visiting The Grand’s website,, or ticket office at 7 N. Wall St. today through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m.