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JAZZfest begins Feb. 7 at Appalachian

tajmahaltrio_t_1.jpgBOONE—JAZZfest 2008 runs Feb. 7-23 at Appalachian State University and features performances by The Taj Mahal Trio, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Todd Wright Quartet and musicians from the Monterey Jazz Festival. For more information about the festival, call (828) 262-3032 or visit

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First on the calendar is a performance by local musician Crys Matthews, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Cascades Café. Admission is free.

The Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Tour performs Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium. Featured artists include Nnenna Freelon, Benny Green, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott. Tickets are $18, $10 and $6 and are available at the Farthing Auditorium Box Office or by calling (800) 841-2787.

A student jazz combo will perform Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the student union’s Crossroads coffee shop. The Todd Wright Quartet with guest Rick Simerly performs at 8 p.m., also in Crossroads. Admission is free for both events.

A Valentine’s dinner concert for students which will benefit the Hayes School of Music’s jazz program will be held Feb. 14 in the student union solarium featuring the Willerm Delisfort Project. The benefit runs from 6 to 7:45 p.m., and is sponsored by Department of Student Programs and co-sponsored by the Black Student Association and the Appalachian Honors Association. An $8 donation at door is suggested. Recommended attire is semi-formal to formal dress.

Also on Feb. 14 is the annual Todd Wright Valentine’s Day Concert in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. The program begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free. At 9 p.m., Victor Wooten performs in Legends on campus. Admission is $10 and $8. Advance student tickets are on sale at the Plemmons Student Union Information Desk, weekdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets also are available online at

The Taj Mahal Trio brings its reggae, New Orleans rhythm-and-blues and African-inspired music to Farthing Auditorium on Feb. 15. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Also performing are the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a group of young African-American string band musicians who play fiddle and banjo music. Tickets are $18, $16 and $10 and are available at the Farthing Auditorium Box Office or by calling (800) 841-2787.

Jazz Night in the coffee shop will be held Feb. 18 beginning at 8 p.m. in Crossroads in the student union. A student jazz combo will perform in Crossroads Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Swing Guitars will perform in Crossroads beginning at 8 p.m. Admission for each event is free.

A student jazz combo also performs Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Crossroads. Admission is free.

Saxophonist Dick Oatts is joined by the Hayes School of Music’s Jazz Ensemble I for an 8 p.m. performance Feb. 23 in Farthing Auditorium. Admission is free.

JAZZfest is sponsored by the Division of Student Programs, Office of Arts and Cultural Programs and the Hayes School of Music Jazz Studies Department. Support for the festival also is provided by Plemmons Student Union, Appalachian Popular Programming Society’s Concerts Council, Black Student Association and Appalachian Honors Association.