Trumpeter Ken Trimmins kicks off Jazz in the Courtyard series at Douglass Theatre

May 24, 2013 

Ken Trimmins and his quartet perform Sunday at the Douglass Theatre’s Jazz in the Courtyard.


Ken Trimmins will be bringing out his trumpet -- and the rest of his quartet -- Sunday evening to kick off the Douglass Theatre’s annual Jazz in the Courtyard series.

Trimmins is a composer and educator and is retired from the Air Force, where he “served as trumpeter, vocalist and as the director of operations for nine touring ensembles and the musical director and band leader for three Air Force jazz bands,” according to

The quartet performs music from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Charlie “Bird” Parker to more contemporary jazz musicians such as Miles Davis, Grover Washington Jr., Al Jarreau and Sade, according to the website.

“It’s Memorial Day weekend, and we’re planning a little celebration, but it’s really a laid-back jazz session,” said the Douglass Theatre’s spokesperson Melanie Byas.

She said the series has been ongoing once a month in the spring and summer for at least four years, bringing local and regional musicians and performers to play outside in front of the theater.

Jazz in the Courtyard

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Cost: $5 general admission, free for Douglass Theatre Jazz Society members

Information: 742-2000

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