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Vocal camp features free jazz concerts downtown

June 16, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The fifth annual Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp will be held on the campus of Western Michigan University Sunday through Friday, June 22-27, bringing participants from around the world to Kalamazoo to work with the University's internationally acclaimed vocal jazz instructors.

Camp participants will perform nightly in downtown Kalamazoo. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the music from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Union Cabaret and Grill, 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo. There is no cover charge and no reservations are necessary. The camp will conclude with a final concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in WMU's Dalton Center Recital Hall. Admission to the closing concert is also free and open to the public.

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 program. High school and college students and teachers from across the United States, Japan and Canada will join Zegree and a team of prominent musicians to learn jazz solos and develop their group vocal abilities.

Other professional musicians involved in the project are Duane Davis, Diana Spradling, Michele Weir, Vijay Singh, Michael Wheaton, Dave Hay (piano), Denis Shebukhov (bass) and Ryan Andrews (drums).

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

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