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New jazz group kicks off concert season

Aug. 28, 2009

KALAMAZOO--The Bullock Performance Institute at Western Michigan University will open its 2009-10 concert season with a debut performance by the Cleveland Jazz All-Stars.

The new jazz ensemble will appear in its first public concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Tickets are $12, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students, and are available from the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858. Full-price tickets are also available online at millerauditorium.com.

Cleveland Jazz All-Stars is the brainchild of Tom Knific, director of WMU's jazz studies program, and world-renowned trombonist Jiggs Whigham. The group unites international jazz artists with Cleveland roots, bringing musicians from several different generations and countries together to celebrate their common roots and individual talents. Other band members include clarinetist and saxophonist Ken Peplowski, pianist Shelly Berg, and drummer and percussionist Jamey Haddad.

"I am terribly proud to help bring together this tremendous talent, and represent the city which fostered the development of our early careers," Knific says. "It is even more meaningful to be able to present our debut at the WMU School of Music."

The group has several engagements this season and will release its first CD in 2010.

For more information, contact the WMU School of Music at (269) 387-4704 or visit the Bullock Performance Institute online.

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

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