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Willis Delony will lead the Connections Repertory Orchestra, which will perform alongside the LSU Jazz Faculty in the LSU School of Music's Hot Summer Nights, Cool Jazz: Special Edition jazz series on Thursday and Friday, June 9-10, in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall. 

Hot Summer Nights, Cool Jazz, the LSU School of Music’s trademark annual summer jazz series, will return for two special edition performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 9-10, featuring the new Connections Repertory Orchestra, LSU School of Music jazz faculty and prominent local artists.

Welcoming back audiences in-person to the Recital Hall for the first time since 2019, Hot Summer Nights, Cool Jazz: Special Edition is expected to be a musical journey uniting past and present. Both evenings will feature the sounds of Hot Summer Nights regulars/local favorites, including Bill Grimes on bass, John Gray on trumpet, Doug Stone on saxophone, John Bishop on guitar, Ray Moore on saxophone, Chad Braud on drums and John Madere on bass.

New to the lineup for 2022 is the Connections Repertory Orchestra. Led by LSU Boyd Professor of Piano & Jazz Studies Willis Delony, this 15-piece ensemble is dedicated to exploring music across a wide spectrum, from Bach and Duke Ellington to French Romanticism and contemporary jazz.

“We’re looking forward to bringing Hot Summer Nights back to the LSU School of Music,” Delony said. “These special edition shows will explore the intersections of several musical styles, and we could not be happier to make music in-person again with our community.”

To celebrate the return of Hot Summer Nights, Cool Jazz to its original home venue, admission to both performances will be free. However, advance registration will be required due to limited seating. In lieu of paid admission, patrons interested in supporting the LSU School of Music are asked to make donations to the school’s general scholarship fund through the LSU Foundation.

For more information, visit lsu.edu/cmda/events.