Xavier University Jazz Festival set

NEW ORLEANS — While music-lovers across the country prepare to converge on New Orleans for the annual Jazz & Heritage Festival in April, Xavier University of Louisiana is hosting a festival of its own.

The Xavier University Jazz Festival is a three-day event which highlights various genres of the Jazz art form. The event kicks off April 16 with three evening concerts at the Old U.S. Mint and various clinics, workshops and lectures by local and national music artists during the day in the Xavier Music Recital Hall. All events are free and open to the public.

“The purpose of the Xavier University Jazz Festival is to expose New Orleans to the sophisticated insight into the artistry and effort that goes into the creation of the music and the making of Jazz legends,” said XULA Department of Music and Director of Bands chairman Dr. Timothy Turner. “With this educational goal as the focus, local junior and senior high school students have a unique opportunity to join the with college- and professional-level musicians during the workshops to absorb and learn about the craft.”

Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Brass Band, Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and his group, and the internationally-recognized saxophonist Donald Harrison are all on the schedule for this year’s event. Harrison will bring the festival to a close with the Xavier University Jazz Ensemble directed by Turner. The Clinic/Workshop Day will feature the festival guest artists in lecture presentations on various jazz topics relative to their particular expertise.

Xavier University of Louisiana is a private, co-educational institution offering a comprehensive liberal arts program and professional programs. It is the only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States.

For information about the Xavier Jazz Fest visit the website http://www.xula.edu/.

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