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January 24, 2003 Volume 19, Number 11


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Vibrophonist Stefon Harris Headlines WIU Jazz Festival Feb. 14

Junior high through college-aged jazz musicians will converge on Western Thursday, Feb. 13 though Saturday, Feb. 15 for the 30th Annual Jazz Festival, which will feature clinics with guest artists, band competitions and performances.

This year's Jazz Festival will include a Valentine's Day headline performance by vibrophonist and composer Stefon Harris, presented by Western 's Bureau of Cultural Affairs, in conjunction with the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Tickets for Harris' 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 concert in Western Hall will go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Union Box Office, telephone 298-1254, and online at Public ticket prices are $17, $21 and $24. Mastercard, Visa and Discover cards accepted. The Union Box Office hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The 29-year-old Harris recorded his solo debut, "A Cloud of Dust," in 1998; and his 1999 release, "Black Action Figure," earned him a Grammy nomination. The Jazz Journalist Association voted him "Best Mallet Player" (2000, 2001). He also has earned top recognition from Newsweek (Best Jazz CD), Downbeat (Critics Poll Winner) and the Chicago Tribune (Debut of the Year) and received the prestigious Martin E. Segal Award (1997) from the Lincoln Center.

The weekend events will also feature clinics for Festival participants. Artists and clinicians include pianist Jim McNeely; trumpeter Brian Coyle; bassist Toby Curtright, a Western music alumnus; and music faculty Kevin Nichols on percussion; John Mindeman on trombone and John Vana on saxophone.

Jazz Festival activities will kick off with a guest artist jam session at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Macomb Dining Company. There will be a cover charge at the door.

Clinics and competition will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, in the University Union and the Simpkins Hall COFAC Recital Hall; and concerts by Western's Jazz Studio Orchestra, McNeely and WIU jazz faculty will be held at 5 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday in the Union Grand Ballroom.

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