November 25, 2019

New Arts Jazztet to help kick off the holidays

The New Arts Jazztet and jazz vocalist Eden Atwood will bring in the holiday season with “The New Arts Jazztet does Christmas” in the renovated Balcony at The Varsity Center on Dec. 2. 

The performance begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 apiece or $5 for students and are available online or at the door. 

The New Arts Jazztet is a Southern Illinois jazz group comprised of SIU faculty formed in 1984 and in residence from that time. Current NAJ members are Dick Kelley, reeds; Bob Allison, trumpet; Isaac Lausell, guitar; Phil Brown, bass; and Jimmy Beers, drums. 

The Dec. 2 performance is the group’s first Christmas show and also its annual fall concert. 

Additional background information, including member biographies, is available