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Performing Arts Series to Continue with Saxophonist Barber


The Lee University Performing Arts Series will continue its spring concert series with Rahsaan Barber, saxophone, on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dixon Center.

Musical selections for the evening will feature composers such as Tom Bahler, Hoagy Carmichael, Hank Mobley, and Butch Warren, along with original compositions by Barber.

PAS to Welcome Rahsaan Barber
Rahsaan Barber

Barber, an accomplished saxophonist, has played with many well-known artists, including The Temptations, Kirk Franklin, and Duffy Jackson. Along with jazz, his preferred musical style, Barber has mastered various other styles including blues, funk, soul, classical, Latin, and world music.

According to the Nashville Scene, Barber “embodies the 21st-century jazz player unwilling to let others decide his fate.”

Barber started his own record label, Jazz Music City, in 2011. In addition to producing his own music, he produces music for various instrumentalists and specialty bands.

Barber is a saxophone instructor and director of the saxophone quartet at Tennessee State University in Nashville. He has taught at Belmont University and hosted masterclasses at Lipscomb University, University of North Carolina, University of Louisville, and the University of Memphis.

He earned his master’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

The Wednesday evening performance is open to the public and free of charge, but tickets are required due to limited seating. Tickets are available in the Dixon Center Box Office from 3-6 p.m., beginning Monday, March 12, by calling (423) 614-8343 or by visiting https://www.showclix.com/event/PAS-rahsaan-barber-saxophone.

For more information about the Performing Arts Series, contact the Lee University School of Music at music@leeuniversity.edu or (423) 614-8240.

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