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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
31st Annual JazzFest to Start at UW-Eau Claire March 26
phone (715) 836-4741
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MAILED: March 16, 1998

EAU CLAIRE -- The 31st annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire JazzFest, one of the nation's largest and longest-running jazz festivals, will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 26-28.
About 3,500 students will participate in this year's festival, including students from schools in Minnesota, Illinois, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa and Canada. About 140 bands will compete.
The event features:
Peter Erskine, a drummer and composer of music for dance, theater and animation who has recorded more than 250 albums.
Harold Mabern, a pianist who's recorded with Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Williams, J.J. Johnson, George Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard and Sarah Vaughan.
The Hornheads, an a cappella instrumental jazz ensemble.
Shades of Blue, the USAF Band of Mid America.
JazzFest begins with a performance by Shades of Blue at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Zorn Arena. It's free and open to the public.
College Big Band and Combo performances will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, March 27, and run until 3 p.m. Clinics also will be given from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Guest artist master classes will feature Peter Erskine at 3 p.m. and Harold Mabern at 4 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center. The master classes will consist of Erskine giving drum demonstrations and Mabern sharing tips on pedagogical techniques for jazz pianists.
These events also will run Saturday, March 28, at the times and places listed above.
A pre-concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Zorn Arena featuring the Hornheads. At 7:30 p.m., a concert with UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I, Honor College Big Band and Combo, and guest artists Harold Mabern and Peter Erskine will perform. An Open Jam Session will take place at 10 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Convention Center following the concert.
JazzFest continues on Saturday, March 28, when a pre-concert will be given at 6:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. At 7 p.m., a concert in Zorn Arena will feature Honor Junior High/Middle School Big Band, Honor High School Big Bands and Combo and guest artists Peter Erskine and Harold Mabern.
Events during the day are free and open to the public. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening concerts are $10 for the general public or $8 for senior citizens, youths, and university faculty and students with an ID. Tickets are available at the Service Center, (715) 836-3727. For more information regarding JazzFest, call the Jazzfest headquarters at (715) 836-4092.


UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: March 16, 1998