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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
UW-Eau Claire's JazzFest
To be Held March 31-April 1
phone (715) 836-4741
fax (715) 836-2900

MAILED: March 20, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — In its 33rd year, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's JazzFest has found itself a new location and a day shorter.
"Traditionally we bring in a nationally known military band to kick off the festival with a Thursday night concert," said Robert Baca, associate professor of music and theatre arts and JazzFest director. "This year we wanted to bring more emphasis to small group playing and have, therefore, invited a combo from the Air Force Band of the Great Lakes that will play and participate in events during the day Friday."
This year, JazzFest's evening concerts will take place at Eau Claire Memorial High School due to evaluation of comments from past years.
The newly renovated auditorium offers a greatly improved sound system and auditorium seating for controlled acoustics, Baca said.
"Improved lighting conditions combined with comfortable seating and improved acoustics will insure a clearer, more enjoyable performance," Baca said.
The annual JazzFest is among the nation's largest and longest-running jazz festivals. This year's featured artists include Jon Faddis and Bill Reichenbach.
"Kicking off the introduction of the new performance hall are two of the most diverse jazz titans we have ever invited to our jazz festival," Baca said.
Faddis, trumpet player and musical director of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, recently composed and premiered a new jazz opera titled "Lulu Noire" at the Spoleto Festival and the American Music Theatre Festival in Philadelphia. Faddis also served as musical director of Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra in 1989 and participated in Lionel Hampton's and Thad Jones/Mel Lewis' big bands.
Reichenbach is a Los Angeles studio trombonist who has appeared on more than 500 albums, 300 motion picture soundtracks and countless television shows. He is a former member of the Buddy Rich and Toshido Akiyoshi big bands and has written and arranged on recordings by Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and Aretha Franklin.
The festival will begin Friday, March 31, with College Day, which consists of critiqued performances, clinics and master classes with the guest artists. Participants also can attend the 7:30 p.m. concert in Memorial High School's auditorium, which will feature Faddis and Reichenbach, as well as the university's Jazz Ensemble I, Honor College Big Band and Combo. A pre-concert show will begin at 7 p.m. and an open jam session will follow the concert at 10 p.m. at Cameos Restaurant, Eau Claire.
JazzFest continues April 1 with Junior High/High School Day. The schedule is similar to College Day but includes a noon concert in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center and a 4:30 p.m. concert in Zorn Arena for the high school participants. The junior high participants can attend a 12:30 p.m. concert featuring the university's Jazz Ensemble. A 7 p.m. concert in Memorial High School's auditorium will feature Reichenbach, Faddis, the Honor High School Big Band and Combo, the Honor Junior High School Big Band and Combo, and UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I. There will be a pre-concert show at 6:30 p.m.
Events during the day are free and open to the public. Tickets for the evening concerts are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727. Tickets are $6 for everyone.
For more information, contact 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 20, 2000