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HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will pay homage to jazz legend and alumnus Bill Evans with its annual festival in his honor this month.
The 13th annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival honors the deceased seven-time Grammy Award winner and 1950 Southeastern graduate, considered the most influential jazz pianist of his generation.
Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, this year's festival is expanded to include a high school jazz band festival and a performance by Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra trumpeter Marcus Printup.
Printup was discovered by Marcus Roberts at the University of North Florida in 1991. Printup started on trumpet in the fifth grade, played funk as a teenager, and in college was part of a 10-piece band called Soul Reason for the Blues. Since that time, he has toured and recorded with Roberts, played with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, recorded with Carl Allen, performed with Betty Carter, and cut a number of albums as a leader for Blue Note.
This year's festival will include:
-- The Southeastern Alumni Band will perform Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Admission is free.
-- Adjudication of high school bands begins Friday, April 4, from 2 – 4 p.m. Also on Friday, the Southeastern Jazz Combos and Marcus Printup Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
-- Adjudication of high school bands continues on Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the awards ceremony scheduled at 1:45 p.m. At 2 p.m., the Southeastern Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert in Pottle Auditorium with Printup as special quest.
For more information, email Southeastern Director of Bands Paul Frechou at email@example.com.