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Fri, Nov 16, 2012 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Rice Auditorium - Baldwin City
Music Department


The 15th annual Baker University Invitational Jazz Festival, featuring the Baker Jazz Ensemble, will be Nov. 15-16, in Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus. The concert on Nov. 15, and the day-long competition on Nov. 16, are free and open to the public.

The Baker Jazz Ensemble and guest artist Ken Watters, a trumpeter from Huntsville, Alabama, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15. J.D. Parr, professor of music, will direct the concert. Watters, who studied jazz at the University of North Texas and the Manhattan School of Music has also worked privately with Wynton Marsalis and Joe Lovano. He won first place in the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Improvisation Competition, has been a recipient of numerous Downbeat Magazine Music Awards, and has performed, recorded and/or toured with such celebrities as Carlos Santana, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Gregg Allman, and Harry Connick Jr.

On Friday, Nov. 16, Watters and four professional jazz musicians from the Kansas City area will adjudicate 18 high school bands all day in Rice Auditorium. All the bands will receive a rating from the judges and a clinic conducted by one of the jazz artists. Outstanding soloists and one “Exemplary Performer” award winner will be announced after the competition.


Rice Auditorium
404 8th St.
Baldwin City
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Built in 1955 and renovated in 1983, Rice Auditorium is the venue used by most of Baker’s visiting lecturers and performing artists. Rice is also the stage for Baker’s largest plays, performed and directed by the Theatre Department. The Music Department also utilizes Rice Auditorium to perform a variety of concerts. The auditorium, which seats approximately 880 people, is a great location that hosts a variety of intellectual and enjoyable events for students and the communities near Baldwin City. Rice Auditorium is handicap accessible.

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