Posted in Letter from the Prez

Train up a Child

Proverbs 22:6 tells us to, “Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not depart…

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Posted in Listening Room

Listening Room Feature: Chick ‘n Miff

Lately, two musicians from different eras have caught my ear: pianist Chick Corea and trombonist Miff Mole. Though they use vastly different harmonic languages—Miff never…

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Posted in Grace Notes

Grace Notes: Neil Everett Lawler

Everett Lawler, longtime leader of the AKAA 50s Era Band, died October 27, 2016 at the age of 90. A graduate of the Birmingham Southern…

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Posted in Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now Feature: Khari Allen Lee

Knights alum and ace saxophonist Khari Lee is staying busy in the New Orleans jazz scene in recent gigs with Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown…

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Where Are They Now Feature: Kate Higgins

AKO Vocalist in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Kate Higgins has enjoyed success as a voice actress, singer, and jazz pianist. Currently residing in…

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Posted in Era Bands News

Rockin’ the House

For all in the Marriott ballroom last July, the 2017 AKAA Reunion served up two nights of fine big band jazz played by a very…

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Posted in Musical Influences

Musical Influences: “The Jones Boys”

I remember it as if it was yesterday. It was the summer of 1978. I was a freshman in high school, attending Tommy Goff’s Auburn…

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