Valdosta State musicians bring jazz to China

Pictured, from left to right, are Daniel Lawrence, Rishaun Nauth, Kendrick Jacobs, Malik Barnes, Drew Gilliland, Sean Workman, and Nathaniel Banton.

By: Associated Press
March 11, 2018

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) -- A group of student musicians from Georgia have gone overseas to bring jazz to China.

The seven-member honors jazz combo from Valdosta State University is on a weeklong trip to perform a series of concerts in China, give a seminar on innovation and creativity in music and collaborate with Chinese musicians.

The Valdosta Daily Times reports the trip comes after Valdosta State and the Business College of Shanxi University in Taiyuan, China, were recently awarded a grant to establish an American cultural center at the Chinese campus.

David Springfield of Valdosta State's jazz studies program said the traveling group is made up of the most talented jazz students at the school.