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Posted: May 18, 2011 12:00 a.m.

Jazz by the River

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Alive with music: T.K. Adams Jr., right, will be joined by Marcus Printup (not pictured) this Friday at the Porterdale Mill Lofts for a Jazz by the River concert.

Expect some cool sounds on a warm night at the Homegrown Jazz by the River concert from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Porterdale Mill Lofts, 1109 Main St. in Porterdale.

The concert will feature performances by percussionist T.K. Adams Jr. and by jazz trumpeter Marcus Printup in a Chastain Amphitheater-style concert by the river at the mill. The event is a benefit for the Washington Street Community Center. They will be accompanied by The Crew Band, Raymond Hammonds, Daniel Jackson, Billy Middleton and Edward Blake.

Adams is a Covington native and chair of percussion in the music department of The University of Georgia. He was principal timpanist for the Pittsburgh Symphony for 15 years. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and had played in a rock band Exotic Birds.

He is the son of retired educators T.K. Adams and Louise Adams. The senior Adams was a longtime music educator in Covington and is in his 19th year as director of the Newton County Community Band.

Printup is a Conyers native who was immersed in gospel music in church as a child and then discovered jazz as a high school senior, according to his website, marcusprintup.net.

He has performed with Wycliffe Gordon, Betty Carter and Dianne Reeves and was inducted in 1993 into the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. His most recent release is "A Time For Love."

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25. Bring a picnic basket and beverage. For tickets or to learn more, call (770) 786-4002.

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