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  • UW-Superior to host best high school musicians (2021) for the Tri-State Jazz Festival

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    September 28, 2021
    The University of Wisconsin-Superior will host many of the best high school jazz musicians from throughout the Northland for the Tri-State Jazz Festival on Thursday, Oct. 14.

    “It’s a really fun event, and it’s not just me saying that,” said Greg Kehl Moore, professor of music and jazz program director. “Everyone involved feels the students grow a lot from the experience at the festival and have a lot of fun.”

    Originally a part of the Tri-State Band Festival, which will take place Oct. 21 at UW-Superior, the Tri-State Jazz Festival became its own event in 2007, and typically draws more than 30 students from several schools throughout the Northland and Twin Cities area.

    Beginning in the morning, students will rehearse with Moore and guest conductor Carl Allen. With over 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur and educator, Allen’s profound and propulsive percolations provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades. He maintains an exhaustive schedule of recording, touring and teaching. Allen remains active as a sideman with Christian McBride and Inside Straight, Benny Golson and others. He has recently accepted the position of Endowed Chair of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

    The day will conclude with a public concert at 7 p.m. in Thorpe Langley Auditorium. The UW-Superior Jazz Band will open the performance followed by Tri-State Jazz Festival students. Tickets are $5 adults, $3 seniors and free for students.

    Thorpe Langley Auditorium is in Old Main at 1710 Weeks Ave. For more information, contact the UW-Superior Music Department at (715) 394-8115 or music@uwsuper.edu. Event Link: https://www.uwsuper.edu/calendar/tri-state-jazz-festival-concert_calendar519832856

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