The theater will turn its State Room into an evening jazz club, with a cash bar.
Shirtz, a jazz singer and pianist, will lead his band in performances of many of Brubeck’s best-known songs, including “Take Five” and “Blues Rondo a la Turk.” “We’re going to tell some stories between the songs,” he said. “It’s going to be good to relive some of those great classics that he did.”
Terra State Community College’s student jazz combo will play as the opening act.
Shirtz, the dean of business and creative arts at Terra, said he founded the Jazz @ Eight series at the Sandusky State Theatre about three years ago.
“It gives students a chance to play in a professional setting,” he said.
Other students at Terra use the concerts to learn how to do staging and lighting. The versatile Shirtz is also the conductor for the Terra Choral Society and Chamber Arts Orchestra. He led the chorus when the Firelands Symphony Orchestra performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Sandusky State Theatre in February.
The next “Jazz @ Eight” concert, 8 p.m. Nov. 16, will feature the big band music of World War II, said Karen Fuller, an executive assistant at Sandusky State Theatre.