Lamar University ’s award-winning Jazz Band will present “A Tribute to Harry James” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the Julie Rogers Theatre as the 2007-2008 Lamarissmo! season continues.  The performance will shine the spotlight on the legendary bandleader and trumpet player, whose musical roots are in Southeast Texas.

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 direct the ensemble after a recent tour playing trombone with the new Harry James Orchestra. Featured soloists will include Lamar President Jimmy Simmons, on saxophone, and vocalist Sarah Scoggins, a December 2007 graduate from Silsbee. Members the trumpet section will solo on such James standards as  The Two O’Clock Jump,” “You Made Me Love You,” “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” “Cherry” and “Sleepy Lagoon.” 

KVLU public radio’s Byron Balentine will serve as the evening’s moderator and host.

Bo-Mac Contractors Ltd. is the concert sponsor. The performance 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.