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Free evening concerts highlight vocal jazz camp

June 11, 2009

KALAMAZOO--The sixth annual Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp will be held on the campus of Western Michigan University Sunday through Friday, June 21-26, bringing participants from across the nation 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, June 22-25, at the Union Cabaret and Grill, 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall. There is no cover charge and no reservations are necessary.

The camp will conclude with a final concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 26, 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 award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, Gold Company, will host the program. High school and college students and teachers from across the United States 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 include:

  • Duane Davis
  • Peter Eldridge, New York Voices
  • Michelle Mailhot, Toxic Audio
  • Jeremy Fox
  • Michael Wheaton, Gold Company II
  • Dave Hay, piano
  • Denis Shebukhov, bass
  • Evan Hyde, drums

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

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