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Jazz at The Sound Wall: Patrick McCurry

  • The Sound Wall 605 Avenue B Opelika, AL, 36801 United States (map)

For Jazz at The Sound Wall we will transform our performance space into a listening room with cocktail tables set up for couples and small groups. Like Snug Harbor in New Orleans, the Village Vanguard in NYC, and the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, the listening room setting is that sweet spot between concert hall and social club. Patrons can be undistracted, devoting their full attention to the artists on stage. For socializing, we are opening the doors 30 minutes before each set with a catered reception. Throughout the night, listeners are free to move around the venue, but in the listening room, once the show starts, the main course is the music.

- This is a byob event.

- Includes small bites.

- Doors open at 6:30PM. Downbeat at 7PM.

PATRICK MCCURRY has worked as a supporting saxophonist and reed player for hundreds of musicians throughout the southeast since he played his first professional gig at age 17. Most of his collaborators have been hardworking local and regional groups, but he has appeared on stage with names like Rosemary Clooney, Margaret Whiting, composer Richard Kingsmore, saxophonist Rick Margitza, and pianist John Oddo.

Patrick studied jazz in New Orleans at Loyola University. While there, he worked and performed with visiting jazz greats Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Peter Erskine, John Fedchock, and Jiggs Wigham, as well as that city’s jazz masters Al Beletto, Tony Dagradi, Michael Pellera, and Johnny Vidacovich. He earned a Master’s degree in chamber music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, where he studied with James Houlik, a pioneer in concert saxophone music. Patrick considers the vibrant musical culture of New Orleans and the expressive genius of Houlik two of the strongest driving forces in his art.

Patrick and his family now live in Auburn, Alabama where he grew up. As do many artists, he operates under a wide array of avatars such as performer, presenter, promoter, producer, composer, arranger, music engraver, and arts writer. In 2018, he added college educator to the list when he accepted a position teaching saxophone at Alabama State University in Montgomery. Since 2010, he has run a weekly free-concert series at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Through this and other projects he presents and promotes faculty, professional, student, and amateur musicians and a few of the world’s most accomplished touring artists.

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