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BYU School of Music hosts popular Jazz Festival Feb. 13-16

With Kelly Eisenhour, Great Basin Street Blues, U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and fusion group BRJJ

Award-winning jazz bands and special guest artists will keep audiences singing and swinging during the Brigham Young University Jazz Festival Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 13-16.

Admission to all performances will be free, but tickets are required for performances in the de Jong Concert Hall. To obtain tickets, contact the BYU Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 422-4824.

Feb. 13: BYU Jazz Voices and Q’d Up

Known for its tight harmonies, rhythmic accuracy and outstanding improvisational "scatting" abilities, Jazz Voices will combine with BYU's award winning faculty jazz quintet, Q’d Up. Directed by Grammy-winner Kelly Eisenhour, the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.13, in the Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center.

Feb. 14: Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band with the Great Basin Street Band

Director Steve Call will conjure up the vision of 1920s America with the swinging music of BYU's Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band and special guests the Great Basin Street Band. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center.

As guest performer at international jazz festivals, Jazz Legacy has earned an international reputation for quality performances. The Great Basin Street Band, whose entertaining and musically outstanding performances have earned them high ratings at a number of internationally recognized jazz and music festivals. The band’s pianist, Bob Bailey, was the staff pianist for the Dean Martin Show in the 1970s and has accompanied major artists like Nat King Cole and Mel Torme.

Feb. 15: Synthesis with the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and BRJJ

Ray Smith will direct Synthesis, featuring some of BYU’s finest jazz musicians in a performance with the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and fusion group BRJJ on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center.

The U.S. Army Blues, a group of alumnae of prestigious music schools and veterans of the professional music scene, is an ensemble of some of the finest jazz musicians today's world has to offer. BYU alumnus and former Synthesis bassist Regan Brough now plays with the U.S. Army Blues.

BRIJJ, an inventive and sizzling jazz fusion group, showcases the rich legacies of African American jazz, hip hop, Afro-Cuban guaguanco, funk and Brazilian partido alto, to name a few.

Feb. 16: Synthesis with the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and the Kelly Eisenhour Quintet

Ray Smith will direct Synthesis and the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble in a performance with the quintet fronted by Grammy-winning jazz vocalist, composer and arranger, Kelly Eisenhour. The show will begin on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center.

For more information or to obtain tickets, call the BYU Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 422-4322.

Writer: Marissa Ballantyne

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