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Evelyn White, Joe Locke Quartet to perform at Mid-South Jazz Festival

April 2, 2001

Evelyn White, Clarksville native and Austin Peay alum, will be the festival soloist at the 40th Annual Mid-South Jazz Festival on Friday, April 6. The headliner for Saturday, April 7 will be the Joe Locke Quartet.

All performances for the two-day festival are set for 7:30 p.m. in the concert theatre of the music/mass communication building.

The festival kicks off Friday with the APSU Jazz Collegians, APSU Jazz Combo and White. Admission to that event is $2.

Saturday evening, the Joe Locke Quartet will perform. Reserved seating is $10 adults, $5 students/senior citizens/military. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 4-6 and one hour preceding the Saturday night performance;

Evelyn White, daughter of Clarice White and the late Theodore G. White, earned her bachelor of arts degree from APSU with a major in piano performance and a minor in voice. For the past three years, White has performed and served as clinician at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho. She also has toured Russia as the guest of the Russian Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

Joe Locke plays vibraphone; Jeff Watts, drums; Eric Revis, bass and Henry Hey, piano. Locke has been featured on U.S., Japan and European tours and headlined the Glasgow Jazz Festival. He has performed in Russia five times and appeared as a guest soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

Locke is an active lecturer and clinician (representing Ross Mallet Instruments), both in the U.S. and Europe and is involved in projects led by such diverse artists as Eddie Henderson, Cecil Taylor, Grover Washington Jr., Dianne Reeves, Hiram Bullock, Randy Brecker and Robin Eubanks. He was voted number-one vibist in Brazil's International Jazz Poll in 1997-98. He has recorded 13 CDs and served on more than 35 others as a sideman. Locke is a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and the New School in New York.

Watts and Revis are the corp rhythm section for Branford Marsalis. Watts was the drummer for the "Tonight Show" band when Marsalis served as bandleader.

The concert is presented by the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts in cooperation with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the Montgomery County Millennium Commission.

For more information, call 7876.