2008-04-23

Jazz Festival @ Twilight Criterium

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music is pleased to present the 1st Annual UGA/Athens Twilight Jazz Festival this weekend. A combination of an educational jazz festival in which high school and college bands will be adjudicated at the School of Music and a downtown jazz festival of free performances for the community, we hope the festival will be a wonderful example of the town-gown synergy Athens offers and will continue for years to come.

The festival will culminate with a performance by The Joshua Redman Trio on Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the UGA Performing Arts Center. Redman, saxophonist and son of the late Dewey Redman, is one of the "young lions" of jazz (having recently made a album with Dave Brubeck bearing that name) and was described by the New York Times after his recent stint at the Village Vanguard as "no longer a phenom but unquestionably a force." French Chanteuse Ilona Knopfler will be opening. Call 706-542-4400 for tickets.

There are lots of opportunities for listening, learning, and playing that are open to the public. If you are a musician, we encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities for master classes with the festival clinicians and to come down to The Melting Point on Friday and Saturday nights to sit with band.

Please spread the word! Check out the festival website with music from the participating bands: www.uga.edu/music/jazzfestival. Tune in to WUGA 91.7 FM (www.uga.edu/wuga) today and tomorrow at 4:00 for festival previews.

For listeners:

Squat, Thursday, 8:00 p.m., The Melting Point, $5 advance/$8 at door
The Twilight Outdoor Stage, Friday 12 - 9, Saturday 10 - 6
Located on the 200 block of College Avenue, will have bands playing on the hour beginning at noon one Friday with the UGA Jazz Band. See schedule below. In conjunction with Twilight which will have children's activities, the Outdoor Stage will be very family friendly. The bands will range from high school to professional.

Festival Awards Ceremony with UGA Jazz Band and Classic City Jazz, Saturday, 4:00, UGA Performing Arts Center

The Joshua Redman Trio/Ilona Knopfler concert, Saturday, 7:30, UGA Performing Arts Center

The Melting Point Festival Jam Sessions, Friday and Saturday nights at
9:00 p.m., $8 advance/$10 at door
Festival participants and anyone with an instrument will sit in with house band Prime Time Jazz (Jim McKillip, piano, Tony McCutchen, drums, Chris Enghauser, bass).

For learners and players:

The Melting Point Festival Jam Sessions, Friday and Saturday nights at 9:00 p.m.
Festival participants and anyone with an instrument will sit in with house band Prime Time Jazz (Jim McKillip, piano, Tony McCutchen, drums, Chris Enghauser, bass).

Festival Master Classes, Music Building and UGA Performing Arts Center, free
11:00 Masterclass: Dave D'Angelo, saxophone, Music Building, Choral Suite, free
11:00 Masterclass: Dave Lambert, trombone, Music Building, Edge Recital Hall, free
1:00 Masterclass: Joshua Redman, saxophone, Music Building, Edge Recital Hall, free
2:00 Masterclass: Ilona Knopfler, vocalist, PAC, Ramsey Concert Hall, free
2:00 Masterclass: Charlie Bertini, trumpet, Music Building, Edge Recital Hall, free
3:00 Masterclass: Tony McCutchen, drum set, Music Building, PercussionSuite, free
3:00 Masterclass: Neal Starkey, bass, Music Building, Percussion Suite, free
3:00 Masterclass: Mimi Fox, guitar, Music Building, Edge Recital Hall, free
All performances on Friday and Saturday by festival performances for adjudicators are free and open to the public.

Complete Jazz Festival Schedule at www.uga.edu/music/jazzfestival

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