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Oct. 28, 2011 /FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / High-res photo available upon request
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu

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WINSTON-SALEM – The Jazz Ensemble of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will perform as special guests of swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Ziggy’s, 170 W. Ninth St., Winston-Salem, on Monday, Nov. 7.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Ronald Rudkin, who directs the UNCSA Jazz Ensemble, said the performance is a great opportunity for the students. “This offers the band the chance to perform in a traditional, public ‘jazz’ venue, and a way to connect with our community and with listeners who might otherwise not have the chance to hear how very talented our students are,” he said. “And our band members will also get to hear live one of the premier touring and recording bands in the swing style.”

Photo by Brent LaFever

UNCSA Jazz Ensemble

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy arrived on the music scene in 1993 in a legendary residency at Los Angeles’ Brown Derby nightclub. Their irresistible live show and aggressive, musically perceptive approach has proven them over time to be the singular standout among the numerous bands that launched the ‘90s swing revival. The seven-man group forged a massively successful fusion of classic American sounds from jazz, swing, Dixieland and big-band music, building their own songbook of original dance tunes. Eighteen years later, BBVD is a veteran force that to this day adds new fans every time they play. BBVD’s originals rocketed the group into its first phase of stardom, when “You & Me and the Bottle Makes Three (Tonight)” and “Go Daddy-O” were featured in the 1996 indie film SWINGERS.  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, named famously after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins, sold more than 2 million copies of the albums Americana Deluxe and This Beautiful Life, and received national critical acclaim while the band’s music has appeared in more than 60 movies and television shows. With their 2003 New Orleans-inspired album Save My Soul, BBVD began playing in theatres and performing arts centers, selling out shows at the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Hall, Lincoln Center, Chastain Park and Constitution Hall, just to name a few. They have appeared as special guests with the great symphony and pops orchestras of the nation, including their first symphony show with the U.S. Air Force Orchestra. The band’s career milestones have included appearances in the Super Bowl half-time show, writing theme music for ESPN and network television, and performing for three American presidents. They have appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brian and Live with Regis & Kelly, and wrote, performed and recorded the current theme song for the Carson Daly show after appearing multiple times as the show’s house band. And now, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s songs have passed into the classic American songbook, playing alongside pop standard songs in film and television, and even on reality competitions like Dancing with the Stars. Their most recent album is How Big Can You Get: The Music of Cab Calloway, released in 2009.

The UNCSA Jazz Ensemble has received widespread acclaim performing across the state and around the Southeast at jazz festivals, concert halls, public schools and other colleges each year. The band includes talented student musicians from the graduate, undergraduate and high school divisions of the School of Music. The group’s repertoire includes an extensive variety of Big Band jazz ranging from the traditional greats like Count Basie and Duke Ellington to Latin pieces and music in more contemporary styles.

Tickets to the Ziggy’s performance are available at the Ziggy’s box office, or online at http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1564481&cobrand=black. For more information, call 336-722-5000 or visit: http://ziggyrock.net/events/big-bad-voodoo-daddy/.

Upcoming performances by the UNCSA Jazz Ensemble on the School of the Arts campus are Nov. 15, 2011, and Feb. 28 and April 24 in 2012. For more information, see www.uncsa.edu/performances or call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.