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Jazz Dialogue Festival

Published: October 26, 2010

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University's Jazz Dialogue Festival will once again welcome middle school, high school and college jazz combos, choirs and bands from across the Northwest to learn the language of jazz. The 12th annual event, to be held Friday-Saturday, Nov. 12-13, will include more than 60 different guest groups from Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

EWU Jazz Dialogue will bring around 1,000 music students, their directors and guest jazz artists to Eastern's Cheney campus during the two-day event. The emphasis of this unique instrumental and vocal jazz festival is on education, improvisation and the jazz language. Additionally, there will be clinics, ensemble critiques, workshops, open rehearsals and master classes with the guest artists. Guest clinicians include Erik Applegate (Bass - UNC), Kerry Marsh (Vocal), Jamey Simmons (Trumpet - MTSU), Michael Kocour (Piano - ASU), Susie Jones (Saxophone - Mt. Hood) and many more.

"Our festival offers a truly educational experience for all - middle school, high school and our own college students," said Rob Tapper, EWU director of jazz studies, associate professor of trombone, and founder of the Jazz Dialogue Festival. "We take pride in considering this one of the best educational festivals in the country."
In addition to the educational element of the festival, public performances will electrify the local jazz and Eastern communities. Evening concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, in historic Showalter Auditorium.

Tickets for each performance date are $15 for adults, and $7 for students and seniors (age 55 and up). Tickets and information are available at 509.359.7073.

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