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Annual Athens Jazz Festival is April 17-19

Ohio University’s School of Fine Arts invites the campus and community to their annual Athens Jazz Festival, April 17-19.

The free festival will feature guest artists James Moore on trumpet and Jeff Bush on trombone. Moore is an associate professor of music and an instructor of trumpet at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is an active member of the Pittsburgh jazz community and a member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. He has presented master classes at dozens of high schools and colleges in the region.

Bush has worked with Harry Connick Jr., The Temptations and The Four Seasons. His music has been aired on HBO’s "The Sopranos" and in the Broadway shows "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "How The Grinch Stole Christmas." He serves as an adjunct instructor of trombone and low brass at West Virginia Wesleyan College and is an adjunct instructor of jazz studies at Duquesne University.

“The guests we bring on campus are not only highly respected artists and performers, but they’re also some of the finest educators as well,” said Sean Parsons, an assistant professor of music theory and jazz at OHIO.

“The Big League Band” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at ARTS/West located at 132 West State St. in Athens. The group, which is a collaboration of the finest jazz educators in the region, will play music from Count Basie, Thad Jones and Duke Ellington.

Three jazz ensembles will perform with Moore and Bush at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

Ohio University’s Jazz Combos will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in Jackie O’s Brewery at 24 West Union St.

Local high school jazz band combos will receive the chance to perform for Moore and Bush. The musicians will receive written comments and participate in an immediate post-performance workshop with them. Later the ensembles will perform for the public at the Baker University Center Front Room where they will receive participation certificates.