{mosimage} ALBION, Mich. - Jazz is the atmosphere and First Baptist Church in Marshall (located one block east of Fountain Circle downtown) is the place to be, on Monday, May 12. A public dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. with the musical performance starting at 7 p.m.
 
The Marshall concert kicks of the Ensemble's “Southern Tour” concert the night before they hit the road for Tennessee and Georgia. Their final destination is Port Canaveral, Florida, and a feature concert on a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas.
 
"Performing on the main stage of the cruise ship is something that both excites and intimidates me," said trumpeter Andrew Kimball. "Our audience will not be attending the concert because they want to hear their friends play; they will be attending because they want to be impressed."

The group will play some upbeat swing, slow sultry ballads, and funk tunes by artist like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Chick Corea and many others.

Ensemble director and Albion College music professor Jim Ball noted that the tour is an extension of the Ensemble's popular "Jazz at 'Relli's" monthly concerts in downtown Albion. "This group's all about performing and we like to get out and perform," he said. "The experience of touring isn't just nice for the students - it's great for our music, too."

This performance is free and open to the public with a free will offering for the ensemble. For information on this and other upcoming Albion College music concerts visit www.albion.edu/music or contact the Music department at 517/629-0481 or .