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Mid-South Jazz Festival presents Jazz Ensembles, Kenny Barron Quartet

The 45th Annual Mid-South Jazz Festival will be 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 in the Mass/Communication Building Concert Hall.

APSUs Jazz Ensembles, which include the Jazz Collegians and Jazz Combo under the direction of Richard Steffen, professor of music, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 7.

The Jazz Collegians will perform a variety of tunes, including a Woody Herman favorite Come Rain, Come Shine, Chicago by Buddy Rich and St. Louis Blues by Tom Kubis.
The 45th Annual Mid-South Jazz Festival will be 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 in the Mass/Communication Building Concert Hall.

APSU's Jazz Ensembles, which include the Jazz Collegians and Jazz Combo under the direction of Richard Steffen, professor of music, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 7.

The Jazz Collegians will perform a variety of tunes, including a Woody Herman favorite “Come Rain, Come Shine,” “Chicago” by Buddy Rich and “St. Louis Blues” by Tom Kubis.

The Jazz Combo will feature two selections by Miles Davis, “All Blues” and “Freddie Freeloader.”
Admission is $3. Clarksville Community Concert Artist Series subscribers will be admitted free of charge.

Tickets will be available 3-6 p.m., Friday, April 7 at the music box office located in the MMC Building.

A performance by the Kenny Barron Quartet at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8 will conclude the 2005-06 season of the Clarksville Community Concert Artist Series and the 45th Annual Mid-South Jazz Festival.

The Los Angeles Times has named Barron “one of the top jazz pianists in the world,” and Jazz Weekly refers to him as “the most lyrical player of our time.” He has been nominated nine times for a Grammy Award.

Barron will be joined by Benjamin Riley on drums, Anne Drummond on flute and Ray Drummond on bass.

The Kenny Barron Quartet has been heralded by Variety as “one of the best working bands in jazz today.”

Barron's performance is supported by the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, the APSU Department of Music, the Clarksville Community Concert Artist Series and the Mid-Cumberland Arts League.

Tickets will be available 3-6 p.m., April 5-7 and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8 at the Music Box Office located in the MMC lobby. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for non-APSU students. APSU students with a valid ID can attend for free. There will be a reduced rate for groups of 10 or more people. For ticket information, telephone (931) 221-7644.

For more information on the Community Concert Artist Series, telephone Dr. Ann Silverberg, professor of music, at (931) 221-7644. — Crissy Laubach-Young