Jazz Festival to feature Roy Hargrove

Michelle Heiman

The annual Jazz Festival and George Salisbury Memorial Scholarship Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Student Union. Tickets are required at $10 each, and the proceeds will go toward the scholarships for Jazz minority students.

“As a strong advocate for music education, and jazz education, I enjoy seeing the knowledge and understanding of America’s indigenous art form being shared and enjoyed by America’s youth,” said Jazz Studies Assistant Director and instructor Dan Thomas. “These students gain experience performing and improvising in front of a new audience as well as experienced jazz musician/educators.”

The featured guest artist is two-time Grammy winner Roy Hargrove, trumpet. Hargrove won a 1997 Best Latin Jazz Performancy Grammy with his band Crisol for the album “Habana.” In 2002, he won a Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Individual or Group Grammy with Herbie Hancock and Michael Break for their collaboration “Directions in Music.” Hargrove’s first commercial recording was with Jazz Studies Director Bobby Watson.

“We are very proud that, for the first time in our history, we will be having two big bands from the Conservatory perform on the evening concert with our featured guest,” Thomas said. “The quality of our program has risen so much and never before have we had two bands perform in the evening concert.”

The concert will be hosted by Watson and Thomas. The UMKC Jazz bands will also perform at the festival.

“What separates UMKC from many festivals throughout the country is that we are non-competitive,” Thomas said. “We really want to emphasize the expressionist and formalist side of music education. We feel that if we were a competitive festival, a number of schools would focus on receiving hardware and might not explore as much of the repertoire, or take time for improvisation or creatively interpret the music.”

Visit the central ticket office website for more tickets and information at: www.umkc.edu/adminservices/cto.

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