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Greeley welcomes various jazz musicians for festival

By Staff Report
On April 18, 2012


A cacophony of saxophones will sound throughout Greeley from Thursday through Saturday as the School of Music and the City of Greeley host the 42nd annual Jazz Festival.
The three-day event consists of five main-stage concerts at the Union Colony Civic Center, each beginning at 7:30 p.m.
On Thursday night, prospective attendees can hear a cappella from the Swedish band The Real Group, a five-member ensemble that recently released the album "The Real Album."
Additionally, UNC's own Northern Colorado Voice will perform Thursday.
Greeley will welcome Wayne Shorter, a six-time Grammy winner, Friday evening. In 2004, Shorter was the subject of a book written by journalist Michelle Mercer.
Friday will also see the Jazz Festival All-Star Band, which will be led by famed trumpeter and flugelhorn player Greg Gisbert.
The Jazz Band I will play music with notable artists Brian Lynch, Robin Eubanks, Billy Pierce and Geoffrey Keezer on Saturday night.
Tickets, which sell from $25-35, are available at
Further, after Friday's and Saturday's performances, the festival will present free "After Hour" sessions at the Clarion Hotel, located at 701 8th St.
At these sessions, various University of Northern Colorado jazz faculty and students will display their talents learned and refined through the academic year.
Finally, throughout the Jazz Festival, the UCCC will feature multiple performances from elementary, middle and high school students.

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