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JazzFest provides fun alternative for Dads Weekend

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 12, 2006) -- Old-school nostalgia blends with new school excitement on Saturday, Jan. 14, when the Jazz Fest takes place in the Baker University Center Ballroom from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Jazz Fest is a biennial, non-alcoholic program for students to share with their dads and is open to the community. Live music, jazz history, trivia, free food and door prizes will be part of the festivities.

The concert will be the second at Ohio University this academic year for the Urban Jazz Coalition, whose founding in the '70s dates back to Ohio University. The band also performed at BSCPB's Homecoming Coronation in October to a sold-out crowd. The band has become a mainstay in local and state jazz communities, as evident in its more than 750 performances over the last nine years, multiple CD releases and array of awards.

In addition to the return of several Ohio University students is the performance of Clarence Gaines a local writer, producer and singer. The senior from Cleveland has created a niche in the Athens music scene with two solo albums, producing credits on other music projects and six films under his belt.

Black Student Communication Caucus (BSCC), Black Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB) and Young Black and Talented (YBT) sponsor the Jazz Fest, with partial funding from the Student Activities Commission (SAC).

Although the event is free to the public, donations will be accepted.

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Media Contact: Jennifer A. Moore, (513) 348-0214 or jm173303@ohio.edu

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