Posting Date: July 11, 2011

Atlanta’s own jazz singer takes the stage for Starlight concert
Laura Coyle to be accompanied by local jazz musicians

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Laura Coyle

Photo by J.D. Scott

KENNESAW, Ga.—Atlanta native and jazz vocalist Laura Coyle comes to Kennesaw State University as part of the outdoor Starlight Summer Concert Series on Sunday, July 24 at the Legacy Gazebo Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic items to the performance.

Coyle will be performing with Mace Hibbard, saxophone; Tyrone Jackson, jazz piano; Trey Wright, jazz guitar; Marc Miller, bass; and Justin Chesarek, drums. Jackson, Wright and Miller are members of the KSU School of Music faculty and Chesarek will join the university faculty this fall.

“Laura is a great performer with a very lovely voice,” says David Daly, director of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center and coordinator of the Starlight Series. “I'm also excited about the lineup – the combo is packed with amazing players.”

Coyle has performed with the Atlanta Jazz Chorus, Audrey Shakir, Johnny O’Neal and renowned jazz drummer Bernard Linnette. She also performed at the Inman Park Festival with one of Atlanta's big bands, The Usual Suspects, this past April. She’s known for her pitch-perfect voice and her purist jazz nature.

Daly says the audience can expect “an evening of some of the finest live jazz that one can hear in the Atlanta area.”

Admission at the Legacy Gazebo Amphitheater opens at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $8 and table reservations for six are $75. Table reservations must be made at least one week in advance.

Concessions will also be available for purchase, including New Orleans' style sno-balls by Gitta Sno-Ball. For more information, including directions and parking, visit Starlight.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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