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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


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UW-Eau Claire's 35th Annual Jazz Festival
To be Held March 14-16 

MAILED: March 7, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  In its 35th year, the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire's Jazz Festival will once again feature an impressive line-up of talent. The annual three-day festival is one of the nation's largest and longest-running jazz festivals.
         Jazz Festival will kick off at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 14, in Zorn Arena with an Artists Series concert by the Dave Holland Quintet, winner of the "Acoustic Jazz Group of the Year" award in Down Beat magazine's Critics Poll. The group's previous two albums have both been nominated for Grammy Awards. Tickets for this event must be purchased separately. Call the University Service Center at (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC for more information or to purchase tickets.
         This year's featured Jazz Festival artists are Christian McBride and Chris Botti. McBride, named "Hot Jazz Artist" by Rolling Stone magazine, is a member of Superbass, a trio with Ray Brown and John Clayton. He has served as an instructor for the Henry Mancini Institute in California and the Aspen Summer Jazz Workshop in Colorado, and as artistic director of the JAS/Thelonius Monk Institute Jazz Colony Summer Program.
         Botti, one of today's leading contemporary jazz artists and trumpet performers, has toured and performed with artists including Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin, Bob Dylan and Sting. He has released four solo albums.
         The festival will continue Friday, March 15, with College Day, which consists of critiqued performances, clinics and master classes with the guest artists. A concert will follow Friday's festival at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial High School's auditorium featuring UW-Eau Claire's acclaimed Jazz Ensemble I, Honor College Big Band and Combo and guest artists Botti and McBride. A pre-concert show with Dave Cooper will begin at 7 p.m. and an open jam session featuring Cooper and friends will follow the concert at 10 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-Campus Area ballroom.
         Junior High/High School Day will be held Saturday, March 16. The schedule is similar to College Day and includes a concert at Memorial High School for junior high participants from noon to 12:30 p.m. featuring UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble III. High School participants will enjoy a 4:30 p.m. concert in Zorn Arena featuring Jazz Ensemble II.
         The festival will conclude with a 7 p.m. concert in Memorial High School's auditorium featuring Botti and McBride, UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I, Honor High School Big Band and Combo and Honor Junior High School Big Band and Combo. There will be a pre-concert show at 6:30 p.m. featuring the jazz combo Evidence.
         Events during the day are free and open to the public. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening concerts are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $10 for those 62 and older, 17 and younger, and UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff with a university ID; and $8 for Jazz Festival participants.

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Judy Berthiaume
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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(715) 836-4741

Updated: March 7, 2002