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Percussionist Duffy Jackson Joins Jazz Ensemble for Feb. 19 Performance

BOONE — More than a dozen smooth jazz tunes including “Heckle and Jeckle,” “If I Were A Bell” and “Shiny Stockings” will be featured during a Feb. 19 performance at Appalachian State University.

The program features percussionist Duffy Jackson and begins at 8 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium. Todd Wright conducts members of the School of Music Jazz Ensemble I. Admission is $3.

Jackson began playing drums at age 4 when his father, legendary jazz bassist Chubby Jackson, gave him his first set of drums.

He had appeared on national television programs including “I’ve Got a Secret,” “The Mike Douglas Show” and other by age 10. From high school, Jackson toured coast to coast with jazz legends such as Sammy Davis Jr., Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne, and others. Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Louie Bellson tutored Jackson and fine-tuned his art as a percussionist.

His academic experiences include artist-in-residence at Valdosta State College and The University of Miami, and guest artist and educator for the Collegiate Band Program at Walt Disney World. Jackson teaches elementary and high school, as well as college and graduate level drummer classes.

Jackson’s style of jazz has earned him a fantastic reputation and his abilities go beyond the drums. He also has excelled in keyboards, bass, and vocals and has composed original works. Jackson’s talent is said to “combine solid musicianship and high energy showmanship … (which) sets him apart from other jazz musicians.”

The concert also features School of Music students on French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, double bass, harp, piano, saxophone, and trumpet. For more information, call the School of Music at 262-3020.

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