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Vocal jazz camp presents free evening concerts

June 19, 2007

KALAMAZOO--The fourth annual Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp will be held on the campus of Western Michigan University Sunday through Friday, June 24-29, and will feature free, public performances nightly in downtown Kalamazoo and on campus.

Monday through Thursday, camp participants will appear on stage at the Union Cabaret and Grill, 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo. Performances are 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. There is no cover charge and no reservations are necessary.

The camp's closing concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Admission to the closing concert also is free of charge.

Dr. Stephen Zegree, WMU Bobby McFerrin Professor of Jazz and director of the University's internationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble, Gold Company, will host the camp. High school and college students and teachers from around the nation will join Zegree and a team of prominent musicians to learn jazz solos and develop their group vocal and improvisational abilities.

Other professional musicians involved in this project are Duane Davis; Diana Spradling; Cedric Dent, of Take Six; Kirk Marcy, former Four Freshmen member; Ly Tartell, WMU alumna; James Bass; Amy Yassinger; Dave Izard, piano; Logan Thomas, piano; Zach Lane, bass; Benje Daneman, trumpet; and Ryan Andrews, drums.

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

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