The Harriet and Charles
Luckman Fine Arts Complex
Contact: Diane Turner
Phone: (323) 343-6616
Fax: (323) 343-6423
Date: Oct. 1, 1997


The Ellington/Strayhorn Tribute is the Opening Performance of the
Cal State L.A. 50th Anniversary Series, Led by
University Alumni and Associates

The James Newton Big Band Salutes the Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, a loving tribute to these two jazz innovators, takes place at Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $35 for general admission and $20 for seniors and students. For tickets call the Luckman ticket office at (323) 343-6600 or TicketMaster at (213) 365-3500 or (714) 740-7878.

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington and William Strayhorn produced 40 significant years of impressive compositions including Take the A Train and In the Beginning God. This tribute by the James Newton Big Band will span Ellington and Strayhorn works from 1937 to the late sixties and include both popular works and those not commonly performed.

Flutist-composer-educator-recording artist James Newton, a San Pedro, Calif., native and alumnus of Cal State L.A., is a perennial jazz magazine poll winner. "With his gutsy tone and astonishing agility, James Newton has a technique unexcelled among jazz flutists," says the Los Angeles Times.

He brings his expertise and 16-member orchestra to the Luckman to pay homage to Ellington and Strayhorn who, he says, made him fall in love with jazz. "I think for anybody who comes out of the jazz tradition, the shadow of the combined efforts of foremost jazz composer, Ellington, and the classically influenced Strayhorn, looms larger than all others," says Newton.

In conjunction with his Luckman performance, Newton will make a special appearance to play and sign his CDs at the Burbank location of Barnes and Noble on Friday, Oct. 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Participants will be eligible for a drawing for free tickets to the Oct. 25 Luckman concert. The store is located at 731 N. San Fernando Blvd. The phone number is 818-558-1383.

The James Newton Big Band tribute is the opening performance of the Cal State L.A. 50th Anniversary Series. In honor of the University's 50 years in the community, the Luckman has brought together several outstanding Cal State L.A. alumni and associates who will perform during the 1997-98 season. The performances include Suzanna Guzmán, the Los Angeles-born mezzo-soprano and one of the hottest young stars to hit the classical stage in years (December 7); the separate performances of Jazz with B Sharp, one of the best of Los Angeles' young post-bop bands, and Lennie Niehaus Octet, an award-winning jazz soloist and feature film composer with a respected past (February 21); Gema Sandoval's Danza Floricanto USA with Guest Artist Loretta Livingston, a world premiere commemoration of United Farm Workers founder, Cesar Chavez, by award-winning choreographers Sandoval and Livingston (February 28 & March 1); the nationally acclaimed Anderson Quartet (April 19); and Finian's Rainbow, a musical classic that premiered 50 years ago, now featuring alumni and students from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and Cal State L.A. (May 8, 9 & 10).

The 50th Anniversary Series is priced at $150, a 10 percent savings off of five performances with a bonus free performance of Finian's Rainbow. Call (323) 343-6600 for details.

Luckman Theatre, part of The Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, brings the performing arts of Los Angeles and the world to Southern California. The Complex is located on the campus of Cal State L.A. at the junction of the I-710 (Long Beach) and

I-10 (San Bernardino) freeways. For additional Luckman information call (323) 343-6610 or access the Luckman through the Cal StateL.A. home page at <www//>.

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