WMU hosts daylong jazz festival

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KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will host the 32nd annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival Saturday, March 17, at the Dalton Center.

The daylong festival features educational and performance opportunities for hundreds of high school students from several states. The day's activities, which are free and open to the public, will include big band and combo performances beginning at 9 a.m.

The festivities will culminate with a 7:30 p.m. concert in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The show will feature the University Jazz Orchestra as well as saxophone sensation and WMU alumnus John Wojciechowski and premiere New York rhythm section Tri-fi, which includes Matthew Fries, Phil Palombi and WMU faculty member Keith Hall. General admission is $10. Tickets are available at the door or in advance through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at millerauditorium.com/som, (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858.

For more information, visit wmich.edu/music or contact Meredith Bradford, concerts assistant, at meredith.bradford@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4678.