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Published 4/13/2005

Susie Arioli Band to Perform At Owens Center for Fine and Performing Arts, April 29

Susie Arioli Band Swing music from the 1930s and 1940s will be brought back to life as the Susie Arioli Band takes the stage at Owens Community College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts on Friday, April 29. The band will appear in the College's Mainstage Theatre at 8 p.m.

"Owens' Center for Fine and Performing Arts is proud to present Northwest Ohio with one of the most rhythmic, fresh sounding swing bands arguably in all of North America," said Barbara Barkan, Owens Operations Manager for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. "Audience members are in for an evening of beautifully vocalized swing music, with a one of a kind sound."

Led by vocalist/snare drummer Susie Arioli, the group has captivated audiences worldwide with their original style of 1930s and 1940s swing music, incorporating small bands (Maxine Sullivan and Jack Teagarden), big bands (Count Basie and Benny Goodman), blues swing bands (Memphis Slim and Jimmy Rushing) and Western swing bands (Bob Wills), as well as great composers (Duke Ellington and Cole Porter) into their unique performances.

Arioli's beautiful voice mixed with her strong love and passion for music has critics calling her "Madam Swing." Multi-talented guitarist Jordan Officer accompanies Arioli's vocals, while Solon McDade brings stand-up bass to the group. Occasionally, a fourth member, blues stalwart Michael Browne, is added to play rhythm guitar.

The Susie Arioli Band initially caught the world's attention at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal in 1998. The band's nearly flawless set earned them the honor of opening for the late Ray Charles a few days later at the international festival.

Following their breakthrough performance and subsequent Festival International de Jazz de Montreal appearances, the Susie Arioli Band introduced its debut CD, "It's Wonderful," in 2001. They followed that up with their sophomore album, "Pennies From Heaven," released in 2002. "Pennies from Heaven" has sold over 30,000 copies, nearing gold-record status in Canada.

Hailing from Canada, the Susie Arioli Band has performed at New York City's Birdland Club, the Django Reinhardt Festival in Paris and London's Royal Festival Hall. The band has toured in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia to include stops at various jazz and blues festivals, concerts, and clubs, as well as on television and radio.

Assisting Owens in bringing the Susie Arioli Band to the College was the Consulate General of Canada in Detroit.

Tickets are $18 for the public, $16 for senior citizens and Owens employees, and $10 for students. To purchase tickets visit www.stagetix.com or contact the College's Box Office. For more information about the Susie Arioli Band, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. ARTS (2787).

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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