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Appalachian Celebration: Jack Wilkins’ Blue and Green Project
September 29 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Presented by the Adrienne Finkel Jazz Residency
Hayes School of Music Alumnus Jack Wilkins will present an evening of original music inspired by Appalachian Mountain arts and culture, performing with an all-star group of musicians including prominent App State alumni and current students.
Jazz saxophonist and composer Jack Wilkins has created a series of compositions based in American roots music (including jazz, blues, gospel, mountain music, etc.). These new works are influenced by Blue Ridge Mountain arts and culture (including mountain artists, craftsmen, culture, history and scenery). This project includes a recorded component, a CD released on Summit Jazz Records and a multimedia concert presentation, with projected images of the inspirational elements for many of the compositions.
Music from Wilkins’ acclaimed Blue and Green Project CD will feature Wilkins on saxophone, with special guest artists Sara Caswell, violin; Per Danielsson, piano; Rick Simerly, trombone; Michael W. Davis, drums; Matt Vance, saxophones; Dr. Jay Coble, trumpet; and Ron Brendle, bass. Wilkins’ performance also features artist-faculty and students from the Hayes School of Music, including Todd Wright, saxophone; Andy Page, guitar; Dr. Joe Brown, trombone; and percussionists Jackson King, Alexi Hummings, Laura Packer, and Cole Peters.
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