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Ohio State Jazz Festival, April 15-18 2010

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by Mark Subel on April 12, 2010

The Ohio State University School of Music presents the 33rd Annual Jazz Festival Thursday, April 15 through Sunday, April 18, 2010 in Weigel Auditorium, 1866 College Rd., on campus. The Festival brings together OSU Jazz bands, high school jazz bands, workshops, and renowned guest artists over the four days. Here is the schedule of events with information on guest jazz artists…

Ohio State Jazz Festival Schedule

Thursday, April 15th

Opening this year’s festival is a concert by the Marcus Strickland Trio, with Kenyatta Beasley, trumpet on trumpet, on Thursday, April 15 at 8 p.m. in Weigel Hall. Strickland, a jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist, was named “Rising Star, Soprano Saxophone” in Downbeat magazine’s Critic’s Poll in 2008 and “Best New Jazz Artist” in 2006 by Jazz Times. Beasley joined the School of Music faculty last fall. He has had a successful career performing with major artists such as Wyclef Jean, P.Diddy, Usher, and Gladys Knight and has won awards for numerous film scores.

Call 614-292-2295 for advance ticket sales. Tickets also at the door. Tickets: $12 general admission; $6 senior citizens and students with ID.

Friday, April 16th

The award-winning Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ted McDaniel, takes the stage on Friday, April 16 at 8 p.m. in Weigel Auditorium.

Tickets at the door. Tickets: $6 general admission; $4 senior citizens and students with ID.

Saturday, April 17th

The Anthony Wonsey Quartet featuring Keith Loftis, saxophones, performs on Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. in Weigel Auditorium. Wonsey, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, has toured with such artists as Christopher Holiday, Nnenna Freelon, and Kenny Garrett. Loftis, a recipient of the IAJE’s “Outstanding Musician and Soloist Award,” has performed with the Benny Carter Big Band, The Frank Foster Loud Minority Big Band, The Four Tops, and Temptations.

Call 614-292-2295 for advance ticket sales. Tickets also at the door. Tickets: $12 general admission; $6 senior citizens and students with ID.

Sunday, April 18th

High School Jazz Bands conclude the festival on Sunday, April 18 in Weigel Auditorium. Adjudicated performances run from 10 a.m-3:30 p.m. The OSU Jazz Ensemble gives a mini-concert from 4-4:30 p.m., followed by the awards presentation. All three concluding events are free.

For more information, (614) 247-7036.

Full Details and lineups: http://music.osu.edu/jazzfestival2010

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