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UW-Eau Claire's 39th Annual Jazz Festival Set
for March 31-April 1

RELEASED: March 22, 2006

Lewis Nash Brian Grivna
Lewis Nash
Brian Grivna
UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I
UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's 39th Annual Jazz Festival will be held March 31 and April 1.

One of the oldest and largest jazz festivals in the nation, the two-day event offers performances by professional musicians as well as college and high school bands.

It will feature percussionist Lewis Nash, clarinet and saxophone player Brian Grivna and the nationally recognized UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I. College, high school and middle school Honor Bands will perform with guest artists at the Friday and Saturday evening concerts.

Continuing the festival's tradition of excellence with an educational focus, both days will include clinics led by visiting artists and professionals. Friday is college day and Saturday is middle and high school day. All daytime performances, clinics, workshops and master classes are free and open to the public.

Nash is the drummer of choice for many artists, from the masters to hot young players. A member of the Tommy Flanagan Trio, he's been part of live performances and recordings by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. He also lectures and leads clinics at conservatories, colleges, elementary and high schools, and community centers throughout the country.

Grivna teaches at the University of Minnesota, performs jazz at clubs, and plays saxophone and clarinet for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis. He plays in pit orchestras for musicals like “The Lion King,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Victor/Victoria.”

Evening concerts will be in the Memorial High School Auditorium. Pre-concert shows will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with the concerts beginning 30 minutes later.

Tickets for evening concerts are $12 for adults or $8 for students and seniors. Contact the University Service Center at (715) 836-3727 for tickets.

A complete schedule and details about guests artists, adjudicators and clinicians can be found at the music and theatre arts Web page.

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