Southeastern presents 11th annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND–SoutheasternLouisianaUniversitywill pay homage to jazz legend and alumnus Bill Evans with a festival in his honor this month.

     The 11th 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 Southeastern's Arts and Lectures Committee, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, this year's festival includes four events that are free and open to the public and features world renowned jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsailis.

     The festival will include:

-- A lecture by Vasil Cvetkov, a graduate of Southeastern's Master's in Music program,

on Bill Evans and his piano solo creativity, Monday, April 2, 3 p.m., Pottle Recital Hall.

-- The Alumni Jazz Ensemble, Monday, April 2, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

-- A masterclass with jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, Thursday, April 5, 2 p.m., Pottle Band Room.

-- Delfeayo Marsalis and the Southeastern Jazz Combos and Jazz Ensemble II, Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

     For more information, email Southeastern Saxophone and Jazz Instructor Richard Schwartz at


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