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EVERGREEN JAZZ FESTIVAL’S
EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH CULMINATES
WITH WORKSHOPS & CONCERTS
EVERGREEN, Colo., July 6, 2009 – The Evergreen Jazz Festival will hold its two-day
free jazz workshops at Evergreen Christian Church, July 21 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also
planned are an educational concert on Friday, July 24, at noon, and two collaborations during the
festival among professional musicians and workshop students.
The workshops, open to all ages, are designed for intermediate and advanced students of
jazz and will include discussions and hands-on instruction by leading Colorado jazz musicians,
including members of Denver’s Queen City Jazz Band, led by Bill Clark.
Clark said band members will demonstrate different traditional jazz styles, and each
member will discuss his instrument’s contribution to jazz. Then in small clinics, band members
will help students with instrument technique and improvisation.
“We believe this kind of outreach, especially to young musicians, is so important to help
perpetuate jazz,” said Clark, who is a music professor at the University of Colorado at Denver.
“It’s a wonderful asset of the festival.”
The Friday educational concert will feature the Carl Sonny Leyland trio with guest reed
player Anita Thomas. Ironically, Leyland and Thomas, who will take listeners through a musical
tour of American jazz, are natives of Great Britain and Australia, respectively.
“It’s a real treat to share my love of America’s music with young people,” Thomas said.
“I’m honored to be part of the educational effort.”
Students from the workshops will play with The Queen City Jazz Band and the Jazz
Cookers -- a group formed by former students at Arapahoe High School -- Sunday, July 26, 11
a.m. at the Evergreen Lake House and 2:45 p.m. at the Evergreen Christian Church.
The concert and workshops were preceded by other aspects of the festival’s educational
outreach. It sponsored performances by the Boulder Acoustic Society in March, offered a course
on jazz through The University of Denver’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and held
collaborative concerts between the Queen City Jazz Band and students of Evergreen and Conifer
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The educational outreach program has been a part of the Evergreen Jazz Festival since
“From the very beginning, we organized the festival to help keep traditional jazz alive,”
said Sterling Nelson, festival founder and chairman of the education committee. “For us, one of
the most rewarding ways to do that is to encourage young musicians. We’ve assembled some of
the finest jazz educators from Colorado universities to teach these workshops. It’s also a way for
the area’s young jazz musicians to meet each other.”
Interested musicians should call 303-670-3452 or email email@example.com to register for
the workshops. Registration is due by July 15.
The festival begins in Evergreen, 25 minutes southwest of Denver, on Friday, July 24, at
noon and continues throughout the weekend until Sunday at 6 p.m. The schedule is available at
the festival web site www.EvergreenJazz.org.
Tickets can be purchased through the web site or by calling 303.697.5467.
The Evergreen Jazz Festival is a 501 (c)(3) organization and is operated by volunteers in
and around the Evergreen, Colo. community. Funding is provided by ticket sales, sponsorships,
individual contributions and fundraising events.