Spyro Gyra to Play the Douglass

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Updated: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 04:16:42 EST

The Douglass Jazz Society at the Historic Douglass Theatre announces the award-winning band Spyro Gyra will play an 8 p.m. concert on Friday, Oct. 4.

Primarily hailing from Buffalo, NY, Spyro Gyra has been in existence for almost 40 years, performed at over 5,000 live shows, and sold more than ten million albums.

The band creates a sound that combines jazz with elements of R&B, funk, pop, and Caribbean music.  Jay Beckenstein, founding member of the band, is quoted on their Web site as saying that it was “…funny how people didn’t know what to make of it then [in the beginning], and now it’s so ubiquitous.”

Spyro Gyra was first known simply as “Tuesday Night Jazz Jams,” performing covers of R&B songs around Buffalo, but they quickly began to play at more venues, became the regular house band at a local establishment, and soon started landing opening slots for national acts.

Since then, they have become world famous and released 30 albums (not counting “Best Of…” compilations).  The award-winning band has received Grammy nominations for each of their last four albums.

“This concert marks the Douglass Theatre’s continuing commitment to bringing big name, quality acts to the citizens of Macon and Central Georgia,” said director Gina Ward.  “We are excited about this concert and the future appearance of gifted songstress Diane Schuur in a few months.”

Admission is $37 in advance and $42 at the door. For more information about the concert, call 478-742-2000, or visit the Website at www.douglasstheatre.org to purchase tickets.

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