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Fowler Center Series to present Late Great Ladies of Blues and Jazz,' Saturday, Oct. 27


JONESBORO – The second presentation in the 2012-13 Fowler Center Series at Arkansas State University will be “The Late Great Ladies of Blues and Jazz,” starring Sandra Reaves-Phillips, on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m., announced Dr. Wendy Hymes, director of Fowler Center.

This presentation, the second of eight on this year’s schedule, is sponsored by Hilton Garden Inn of Jonesboro.

Sandra Reaves-Phillips, a jazz and blues singer and Broadway actress, dedicates this tribute to recreating the essences of the fabulous Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Mahalia Jackson.

“Reaves-Phillips achieves the difficult task of playing the role of these musical greats, capturing the spirits of the legendary singers for the enjoyment of her audiences,” according to Dr. Hymes.

In its review of the show, the St. Louis Post Dispatch said, “What Reaves-Phillips does, most admirably, is momentarily invite the audience into these women’s lives, experiencing not only their music, but also their fashion style, attitude (often lots of it), personality, background, and what they went through during difficult times . . .”

The audience will enjoy watching as Reaves-Phillips becomes these historic songstresses through recreated costumes and music. These one-of-a-kind women put their hearts and souls into a song, spreading joy and excitement.

Her film credits include guest star appearances on “Law and Order,” the lead in “ ‘Round Midnight” and a co-star role in “Lean on Me.” 

All seating is reserved, and tickets may be purchased at the ASU Central Box Office in the Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, or by calling (870) 972-ASU1 (2781) or (888) ASU FANS (278-3267). Tickets are also available online from the ASU Central Box Office, http://www2.astate.edu/tickets/, and from Fowler Center, www.yourfowlercenter.com.

Tickets are $30 and $20 for adults, and $23 and $15 for senior citizens and students, $24 and $16 for faculty and staff, and $10 and $6 for ASU students with a current ID.

For more details, contact Dr. Hymes at Fowler Center, whymes@astate.edu or (870) 972-3471.

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