“A Tribute to Harry James” will shine the spotlight on the legendary bandleader and trumpet player when Lamar University ’s award-winning Jazz Band headlines the Lamarissimo! concert series March 4 in the Julie Rogers Theatre .
The son of circus performers, James grew up in Beaumont , where he learned to play drums and trumpet, began performing in dance bands and launched a career that led to fame as an orchestra leader, instrumentalist and film star.
Wayne Dyess, Lamar’s director of jazz studies, will conduct the ensemble after a recent tour playing trombone with the new Harry James Orchestra. The Lamarissimo! concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Bo-Mac Contractors Ltd. Featured soloists will include Lamar President Jimmy Simmons, on saxophone, and vocalist Sarah Scoggins, a December 2007 Lamar graduate from Silsbee. The Jazz Band will perform such James standards as “The Two O’Clock Jump,” “You Made Me Love You,” “I’m Beginning to See the Light” and the orchestra’s theme song, “Ciribiribin.” 
The concert is open to Lamarissimo! season-ticket holders. Individual tickets, $12 for adults and $8 for students, will be available in the box office beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the performance. Admission is free to students of Lamar University in Beaumont , with valid LU identification.
The season will conclude April 24 with the Cardinal Singers and Lamar Dance Company. The Lamarissimo! Concert Series is presented by the Lamar University Department of Music, Theatre & Dance. Call (409) 880-8144 for additional information.
Dr. Wayne Dyess, Director of Jazz Studies, (409) 880-8146 or 880-8144
Dr. Harry Bulow, Chair, Department of Music, Theatre & Dance (409) 880-8144
Louise Wood, Public Relations Coordinator, (409) 880-8415