Tickets – $10 (purchase on Eventbrite)
Doors at 6:30 p.m. | show at 7 p.m.
Jazz performance featuring Dr. Bill Hurd (alto and soprano sax), Sylvester Sample (acoustic bass), Alvie Givhan (piano), Gerard Harris (guitar), and Renardo Ward (drums).
The Crosstown Jazz Series, presented by Strictly Jazz Entertainment in collaboration with Crosstown Arts, is designed to salute classic jazz music as contemporary musicians perform the work of the legends.
About Dr. Bill Hurd:
Ophthalmologist Dr. Bill Hurd’s music career dates back to his college days, when he won the saxophone award in the 1967 Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival. Since then, he has recorded with Kirk Whalum on his album, Into My Soul; performed as the opening act for Najee, Joe Sample, and David Sanborn; performed alongside Mulgrew Miller, Norman Conners, and Bobby Lyle; and recorded with Charles Curl on three albums.
Hurd has operated a private ophthalmology private practice for more than 30 years. He’s traveled on a dozen international medical/surgical mission trips to Africa and Madagascar. He holds two U.S. and foreign patents for medical devices.
Hurd graduated from Manassas High School in Memphis in 1965 and went on to the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a B.S. in electrical engineering. He earned his MBA in IT at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts and received an M.D. degree at Meharry Medical College.
Hurd also boasted an impressive athletic career in his youth. He broke a national high school 100-yard-dash record with time of 9.3 sec. in 1965. He was a 1968 Olympic Trials finalist in the 100 meter and 200 meter races, and he received a 1994 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award along with Kareem Abdul Jabaar, Calvin Hill, Jim Ryun, Lee Evans and Leroy Keys.
About Strictly Jazz Entertainment:
Strictly Jazz Entertainment is committed to cultivating a growing community in the knowledge and appreciation of jazz. We facilitate dialogue and collaboration between the devoted supporters of jazz and the brand new constituents – those new to the genre – for the furthering of the jazz community. We provide a bridge between leading artists and a community that typically does not embrace jazz by promoting concerts in various venues to generate an atmosphere that is viable for the absorption of pure jazz.