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Jazz Festival features jazz pianist Fred Hersch

April 1, 2003

Austin Peay is ushering in the spring and summer jazz season with its 42nd Mid-South Jazz Festival, featuring some of the best jazz artists in the country.

The concert theatre of the mass/music communication building will sizzle with jazz music each night at 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, April 10-12 as part of the Rivers and Spires Festival and the APSU/Clarksville Community Concert Artist Series.

This year the Jazz Fest expands to three days of the best jazz around, said Dr. Allen Henderson, chair and professor of music.
April 1, 2003

Austin Peay is ushering in the spring and summer jazz season with its 42nd Mid-South Jazz Festival, featuring some of the best jazz artists in the country.

The concert theatre of the mass/music communication building will sizzle with jazz music each night at 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, April 10-12 as part of the Rivers and Spires Festival and the APSU/Clarksville Community Concert Artist Series.

“This year the Jazz Fest expands to three days of the best jazz around,” said Dr. Allen Henderson, chair and professor of music.

Thursday's concert will feature the “Little Big Band” of the Navy Band Mid-South, whose music is based on the mainstream sounds of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Gerry Mulligan and others. This dynamic seven-piece jazz group, unique among fleet navy bands, performs music ranging from traditional jazz and bebop to smooth jazz and Latin music.

Friday's concert will feature the APSU Jazz Combo and the APSU Jazz Collegians, directed by David Steinquest and Richard Steffen, professors of music. The Jazz Combo is an acoustic group that reinterprets standard jazz literature into a contemporary fashion, while the Jazz Collegians continue APSU's proud history of excellence by playing a variety of styles of settings. APSU Jazz Collegians is one of the oldest college bands in the area and has performed at many regional and national conferences in its 42-year history.

The series culminates in a headline concert on Saturday evening with jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch. Hersch has received universal acclaim in his 20-year career as one of the foremost jazz artists in the world today. Described as a “master who plays it his way” by “The New York Times,” and “a poet of a pianist” by “The New Yorker,” Hersch has released 20 albums as a solo artist or bandleader, two of which were nominated for Grammy awards for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance. He has co-led another 23 albums and has appeared as sideman or featured soloist on more than 80 recordings.

Thursday's concert is free and open to the public, while Friday's concert has a $2 admission fee. Ticket prices for the Hersch concert are $25 for adults and $12 for students and children. Full-time APSU students will be admitted free of charge with presentation of a current APSU student ID. The Music Ticket Office will be open for ticket purchases from 3-6 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, April 9-12, and one hour before each concert.

Patrons who wish to take in the entire festival should purchase a ticket for Saturday night to receive a free ticket for Friday evening's concert.

For further information, telephone The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 7876.