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UW-Eau Claire Student Musician
To Participate in Jazz Residency Program
MAILED: May 18, 2001

        EAU CLAIRE—University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior Andrew Neesley, Glendale, was selected to participate in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, a national jazz residency program for outstanding emerging artists and an annual part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Jazz Program, Washington, D.C., April 12-21.
        Neesley is one of 23 young artists selected by a panel of jazz artists to take part in this program. The entrants were judged on their ability to perform their own compositions.
        The program consists of a week of intense training in performance, composition and arrangement, culminating in two concert performances to be aired live over the Internet and on Black Entertainment Television (BET).
        When Neesley was told of his acceptance to the program, he was excited and enthused.
        “This is a great opportunity to work and perform with great musicians from around the world,” he said. “I am honored and very excited to be chosen for a program such as this.”
        Neesley began his musical journey with the violin at age 4. He attended the Interlochen Arts Camp where he completed eight summers of intense musical study and began to play the trumpet. Since then, he has performed with many jazz greats, including Jon Faddis, Lewis Nash, Byron Stripling, Slide Hampton, Ingrid Jensen, Ed Calle and Bill Reichenbach.
        Legendary jazz vocalist Betty Carter founded Jazz Ahead in 1993 as a vehicle to bring new talent and life into jazz and teach the most promising artists what she knew. Carter brought her program to the Kennedy Center in 1998, and after her death Dr. Billy Taylor and the Kennedy Center decided to insure her legacy by continuing Jazz Ahead.

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Updated: May 18, 2001