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Posted on: March 22, 2022

GSO Jazz! “Basie and Beyond” tribute honors music legends Quincy Jones and Sammy Nestico


March 22, 2022

CONTACT: Taylor Rambo 

Executive Director 


MARIETTA - Marietta-based GSO Jazz! pays tribute to legendary composers/arrangers Quincy Jones and the late Sammy Nestico with a performance on April 2, 2022, at the historic Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theater. 

The concert will feature vintage jazz inspired by the duo’s famed Basie and Beyond album. Musical selections include You Gotta Try Harder, Joy of Cookin’ and How Sweet It Is, written by Nestico, and Belly Roll, Quintessence and Witching Hour composed by Jones, to name a few.

“These are two of the greatest musical talents in America, not just in the jazz genre” said GSO Jazz! Music Director Sam Skelton. “Unfortunately, Sammy passed away in January 2021 at the age of 96,” he said. Skelton noted the pair also wrote music for the renowned Count Basie and His Orchestra and feels his style of jazz permeates the album’s melodies. 

GSO Jazz! is part of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra organization. Following recently updated COVID-19 guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and the Cobb/Douglas Public Health District Office, the GSO has revised its health and safety protocols for its patrons. As of March 14, 2022, masks are recommended, but not required, and vaccination status will not be checked for individuals who attend any remaining 2021-2022 season performances. 

Concert ticket prices are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors, military or first responders and $12 for students, and may be purchased online at   

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