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Trio of chances to hear the best in vocal jazz
March 4, 2008
KALAMAZOO--Add concerts by recording artists Curtis Stigers
and New York Voices to a festival featuring Western Michigan
University's award-winning Gold Company, and what do you have?
The makings of what renowned vocal jazz professor and Gold Company
director Dr. Stephen Zegree calls "Vocal Jazz Week"
WMU's School of Music will host three concerts Tuesday through
Saturday, March 11-15, leading up to and closing out the Gold
Company Invitational Vocal Jazz Festival. The annual celebration
brings 20 high school and college vocal jazz ensembles from five
states to WMU's campus to listen, learn and perform.
The following three performances will be held in the Dalton
Center Recital Hall and are open to the public. General admission
seating ranges from $10 to $15 and is $5 for students.
Vocal Jazz Week performances
Tuesday, March 11, 8:15 p.m.
New York Voices
Festivities begin with the Grammy Award winning New York
Voices. The group, renowned for its excellence in jazz, recently
released its first solo album in nearly a decade. "A Day
Like This" (MCG Jazz) represents the versatility of group
members Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader and Peter
Eldridge, as well as the breadth of musical styles made possible
by their collective range and expertise. All 14 tracks on "A
Day Like This" were arranged by members of New York Voices,
with Meader and Eldridge doubling up on tenor saxophone and piano,
respectively. General admission tickets for New York Voices
are $15 and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the
door or in advance by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858
or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office.
Friday, March 14, 8:15 p.m.
Next up is singer, songwriter and saxophonist Curtis Stigers.
Stigers pushes the boundaries of conventional jazz performance
and expands the repertory. His most recent recording, "Real
Emotional," delivers a 12-pack of new standards and distinctive
sounds. Stigers will be joined in concert by WMU faculty member
Keith Hall on drums, Matthew Fries on piano and Cliff Schmitt
on bass. General admission tickets for Curtis Stigers
are $15 and $5 for students and will be available at the door.
To reserve tickets in advance, call (269) 387-4689.
Saturday, March 15, 8 p.m.
WMU's Gold Company
Gold Company, WMU's award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, will
cap Vocal Jazz Week at WMU and close the 28th annual Gold Company
Invitational Vocal Jazz Festival. The group is currently celebrating
its 30th anniversary and has just released its latest album,
appropriately named "30," in observance of this milestone.
Many of the songs on the recording were arranged or written by
current or former Gold Company members, and several of these
songs will be showcased during Saturday's performance. Tickets
for WMU's Gold Company at the Dalton Center are $10 and $5 for
students. General admission tickets for Gold Company are
$10 and $5 for students and will be available at the door. To
reserve tickets in advance, call (269) 387-4689.
Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, firstname.lastname@example.org
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