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Jazz in the Valley Wraps up
with Great Events This Week

RELEASED: March 24, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Jazz in the Valley is in its final stages, but that doesn't mean it's going out quietly.

A jazz art walk will take place March 24-30 at Acoustic Café and Porters Restaurant in downtown Eau Claire, where the usual wall hangings will be replaced with jazz-themed art works of area youth and local artists. The Haas Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will feature contest-winning jazz posters by Northstar Middle School students. Also, the State Theatre will display artwork during "Jazz at 5" on Tuesday, March 25.

Memorial High School students Cheng Cheng and Simon Adler will collaborate with Robert Baca, director of jazz studies at UW-Eau Claire, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, at L.E. Phillips Public Library. The three will share knowledge about the history of jazz, featuring videos, pictures, recordings and stories. This event is free and open to the public.

Other events this week include:

Monday, March 24:

  • North High School Jazz Band, 6:30 p.m., Oakwood Mall food court

Tuesday, March 25:

  • Irie Sol, with poets Joel Pace and Blake Westerlund, 5-6:30 p.m., State Theatre

Wednesday, March 26:

  • Vocalist Jo Alexander with The Brian Claxton Collective, 7-8:30 p.m., Acoustic Café

Thursday, March 27:

  • Mike Wolter Trio, 4-6 p.m., Festival Foods
  • The Kari Bloomquist Quintet, 6 p.m., Oakwood Mall food court
  • Jeremy Boettcher Trio, 4-6 p.m., Shanghai Bistro
  • Vocalist Nneena Freelon, 7:30 p.m., Zorn Arena (For tickets, call UW-Eau Claire Service Center at 715-836-3727.)
  • Klenz Walk Sextet, 9 p.m.-midnight, House of Rock (no cover)

Friday, March 28:

  • Jeremy Boettcher Trio, 6:30-9 p.m., Shanghai Bistro
  • Jazz Festival Concert, 7:30 p.m., Memorial High School (For tickets, call UW-Eau Claire Service Center at 715-836-3727.)
  • Open Jam, 10:30 p.m.-midnight, Green Mill restaurant

Saturday, March 29:

  • Travis Kaney, 12-1 p.m., Festival Foods
  • Jeremy Boettcher Trio, 6:30-9 p.m., Shanghai Bistro
  • Jazz Festival Concert, 7 p.m., Memorial High School (For tickets, call UW-Eau Claire Service Center at 715-836-3727.)

Sunday March 30:

See a complete calendar of Jazz in the Valley events.

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