WMU News

'Live from New York' offers unique jazz experience

Feb. 21, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- "Live From New York" features three guest artists and two faculty musicians for a memorable and unusual evening of instrumental jazz on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall beginning at 8 p.m. Several numbers will be original compositions and one will be the premiere performance of a jazz duet written for percussion and... violin.

The concert features guest artists Billy Drewes on saxophone, Andy LaVerne on piano and Jamey Haddad on drums performing with WMU faculty members Renata Artman Knific, violin, and Tom Knific, bass. This particular combination of performers came together because of a recording project, which was the brainchild of Renata Knific. She is producing a "cross-over" CD which departs from her classical violin roots and moves into jazz compositions and arrangements. Drewes, LaVerne and Tom Knific have contributed original works for this recording, which will be featured at the Feb. 28 concert.

General admission tickets are $15 each. Students and senior citizens will be charged $5. Tickets are available from the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at 269 387-2300 or toll-free 800 228-9858.

"Live From New York" is sponsored by the Jazz Studies Area in the School of Music.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu


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