October 18, 2011 — Jazz virtuoso Sonny Fortune, whose last concert at the University of Virginia was sold out, is returning to Brooks Hall Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.
The concert, co-sponsored by the Charlottesville Jazz Society and the University's WTJU-FM, will feature a different supporting cast, as Fortune will be with his longtime East Coast touring band, including Bob Butta on keyboards, James King on bass and Nasar Abadey on drums.
Fortune is well known for his stints with jazz greats like Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner and Buddy Rich, and he has released many acclaimed recordings on Blue Note and other labels. His most recent CD is "Last Night at Sweet Rhythm."
Renowned jazz critic Nat Hentoff wrote of him: "On alto, tenor, flute, clarinet, baritone saxophone – and as an intriguingly personal composer – Sonny is the embodiment of the sound of surprise in this music, and he ought to be a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master."
To hear a sample of Fortune's music, tune in to jazz programming on WTJU (91.1 FM) in the days leading up to the concert.
Tickets are available at the door only, beginning at 6 p.m. The cost is $15 for general admission, $10 for members of the Charlottesville Jazz Society, and $5 for students
Fortune will conduct a free master class on Nov. 7 at Albemarle High School, open to all music students. This class is made possible by a generous donation in memory of Paul Burns.