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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jazz for the Family this Saturday

My friends Jacqui Carrasco (violin) and Elizabeth Ransom (flute), are two of the Artistic Directors of the Carolina Summer Music Festival. They've worked hard to develop the festival and are presenting "Jazz Day", a full day of jazz music for the whole family, on Saturday, August 20th at Old Salem.

David Mount, Jacqui Carrasco
& Elizabeth Ransom
Jazz Day begins with Jazz4Kidz, an interactive morning jazz concert for the whole family, which will present an entertaining introduction to the music of jazz greats Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with vocalist Martha Bassett and David Ford, host and producer of WFDD’s “Triad Arts Up Close.” 

That same afternoon, jazz fans can enjoy a free showing of the film, Chops, a documentary profiling a group of young aspiring jazz musicians as they travel to New York City to compete with other high school jazz bands in the Essentially Ellington Festival.

That afternoon and evening, acclaimed Triad 
jazz musicians will present “Mood Indigo: A Tribute to Duke Ellington,” featuring classics by Ellington and Strayhorn such as “Lush Life,” “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” and more.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Old Salem Box Office by calling 1-800-441-5305 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Subject to availability, tickets can be purchased at the door of each venue one hour prior to each concert.

Family Concert: Jazz4Kidz Takes the “A” Train!
Sat., August 20, 11 a.m.
Old Salem Visitor Center, James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium
$5 General Admission

Free Film: “Chops”
Saturday, August 20, 5 p.m.
Old Salem Visitor Center, James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium
Free Admission, 88 minutes

Mood Indigo: Tribute to Duke Ellington
Sat., August 20, 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Old Salem Visitor Center, James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium
$18 Adults/$16 Seniors/$5 Students

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