Save-the-date! Celebrated jazz greats are featured at the 12th annual Jazz Affair May 25th at the Coast Bastion in Nanaimo hosted by Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society. Legendary musicians trumpet player Terell Stafford and pianist Harold Mabern will headline the evening with tenor saxophonist Cory Weeds, bassist Michael Glynn, and drummer Julian MacDonough. Tickets are $65 and include a delicious buffet dinner and are available through the Port Theatre box office at www.porttheatre.com and by phone at (250) 754-8550. There will also be a silent auction and raffles. Doors open at 6 pm.
Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society has been hosting Jazz Affair since 2006. It is their main fundraising event with proceeds going to support Jazz music education in School District 68. Funds raised go towards post-secondary scholarships, clinics with visiting professional musicians and help for students to attend music festivals. Scholarships have also been given to elementary music students in recent years.
Trumpet star Terell Stafford has performed with such groups as Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Alumni Band, Benny Golson’s Sextet and McCoy Tyner’s Sextet. He is also a member of the Grammy-winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Stafford is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, founder and bandleader of the Terell Stafford Quintet and Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. Stafford is renowned in the jazz world as an educator, performer, and leader and has received countless award nominations and accolades.
The acclaimed Harold Mabern taught himself piano and fell under the spell of pianist Phineas Newborn Jr., an influence that would shape and linger with Mabern for the rest of his life. He has worked with Lionel Hampton, Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Forrest and Freddie Hubbard. In recent years, Mabern has toured and recorded extensively with his former student tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander. To date, they have appeared on over twenty albums together. A longtime faculty member at William Paterson University since 1981, Mabern is also a frequent instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.
In addition to Stafford and Mabern, Nanaimo’s ten-piece Decadence Jazz Band will also be on hand to entertain the crowd along with award-winning School District 68 students. Tickets go fast for this popular event. Reserve your table now and bring your family and friends so that we can raise the important needed funds for our school music programs. With these top Canadian and Nanaimo jazz talents performing with visiting legendary jazz stars of this caliber, you will want to mark the date on your calendar. This event is not to be missed! See you there!
For further information: please contact Kerilie McDowall by email at [email protected]
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