The Nashville Jazz Orchestra presents  “Lalo Davila & Friends” in “Dance City,” Saturday, October 19, 2013 in the Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall at 8:00 pm. This annual celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month will also feature NJO’s versatile four-piece horn section. The event aims to further the nonprofit organization’s mission to preserve, promote and advance big band jazz in our community.

Percussionist Lalo Davila has a great flair for entertainment and prodigious percussion skills. Davila, director of percussion studies at MTSU, has performed with artists ranging from Clay Walker to Sixpence None the Richer to the Nashville Symphony.

Music critic John Pitcher has said of Davila’s previous performances with the NJO, “If we could harness all of the energy expended at the Nashville Jazz Orchestra’s concert at the Blair School of Music … we could probably power the city for a year.”

The night will ramp up with tunes including the well-known “Dance City” by Oscar Hernandez, the leader of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra –which is sure to have the audience dancing in their seats. The audience is welcome to dance in the aisles and in front of the stage, as has happened during past Latin jazz performances by the Nashville Jazz Orchestra.

“This high-energy concert is one of our favorites and always draws a great response from our audience,” says band-leader Jim Williamson, who has directed the NJO since 1996. “We’re excited to be able to have Lalo Davila back with us.”

The October 19, 2013 concert is open to the general public and tickets will be available the night of the event at the box office. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for seniors, Vanderbilt faculty and staff; and free to all students. The box office opens at 7 p.m and only accepts cash or check. The concert begins at 8 p.m.  Free parking is available in the Blair parking garage, directly across the street from Blair on Children’s Way.