November 8, 2005
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director (785) 594-8330

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University’s Jazz Ensemble will team up with New York recording artist Eric Person and his band, Meta-Four, to open the university’s eighth annual Jazz Festival at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Rice Auditorium.

J.D. Parr, associate professor of music at Baker, will direct the ensemble.

Person, a jazz saxophonist, and his band have recorded with jazz greats McCoy Tyner, Dave Holland and Chico Hamilton. The performance is free and open to the public.

Here are other events planned for the festival:

•    Friday, Nov. 18: High school and junior high school jazz band competition. Person and his band will judge the all-day competition, which will include clinics and coaching from the New York-based professional musicians. Citations for outstanding musicianship will be awarded by the judges to soloists from the school bands, and two $150 scholarships will be given to the exemplary student musicians of the day.  

•    Saturday, Nov. 19: Master classes and a performance by Ebony and Ivory, the instrumental fusion of clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz and pianist Andrew Gilpin.  Performing a range of eclectic music from ragtime to jazz, Ebony and Ivory will be host to clinic sessions from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at McKibbin Recital Hall for Baker students as well as area junior high and high school musicians. Ebony and Ivory’s concert, as part of the Artist and Lecture Series, is at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youths.

For more information on the festival, call (785) 594-4507.