FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 5, 2007 JAG: Christin McCabe 614.294.5200, x 103 email@example.com Electronic images available upon request. KATHY WADE AND THE KHALID MOSS QUARTET WEAVE A STORY OF JAZZ IN: “TEXTURAL RHYTHMS: HEAR THE TOUCH” Columbus, Ohio – Jazz on the Avenue, co-presented by the Jazz Arts Group and the King Arts Complex, continues its season of small group jazz concerts with “Textural Rhythms” featuring vocalist Kathy Wade the Khalid Moss Quartet on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8:00pm at the King Arts Complex Theatre, 867 Mount Vernon Avenue. Powerhouse vocalist Kathy Wade brings her multi-octave contralto and effervescent energy to the stage at Jazz on the Avenue. Twice voted best singer by Cincinnati Magazine and named one of Cincinnati’s most influential people in the arts by City Beat, Wade is a fixture on the tri-state area’s jazz and blues scene. Jazz on the Avenue, formerly known as the Firehouse Jazz series, is co-presented by the Jazz Arts Group and the King Arts Complex, and presents a mixture of the finest local and national jazz musicians in small ensembles, offering an intimate experience for concertgoers. The new name ties the series to its location at the King Arts Complex Theatre on Mount Vernon Avenue – once called “The Avenue” – and to the history of jazz in Columbus, when jazz clubs dotted the city’s Near Eastside from the 1920s through the ‘60s. In conjunction with the Jazz on the Avenue performance, the King Arts Complex will feature “Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition,” a quilt display that depicts quilt making as a host of complex rhythms and moods producing a textural harvest, similar to that of jazz. The exhibition features 64 quilts made by America’s best-known African-American quilters, such as Michael Cummings, Edjohnetta Miller, Tina Brewer and Jim Smoote. The quilts will be on display Feb. 8 to March 31, 2007, in the Elijah Pierce Gallery at the King Arts Complex. Single tickets ($25/$15 for KAC members) are available for purchase from the Jazz Arts Group online at www.jazzartsgroup.org or by phone at 614.294.5200. Single tickets are also available through the King Arts Complex (614.645.0642) or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Student Rush $10 tickets (valid college ID required) and Be-Bop Balcony $5 tickets (ages 6-18) are available at the door. The Jazz on the Avenue series continues April 14, 2007, with “A Jobim Celebration” starring Claudio Roditi and Mark Flugge. A complete schedule can be found online at www.jazzartsgroup.org. More about Kathy Wade "Best Singer!.....Kathy's expressive voice can extract the essence out of a song the way a magician pulls a rabbit out of a hat." Cincinnati Enquirer Described as having a “nuclear reactor where her vocal chords should be,” contralto Kathy Wade has stunned audiences throughout the world with her passion for authentic, fiery jazz. Wade has performed at the Kennedy Center with Lionel Hampton and opened for such notable artists as Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Diane Schuur, Shirley Horn, Kenny G, Whitney Houston, David Sanborn and Al Jarreau. Highly regarded for her musical talent and commitment to arts education, Wade has been honored with numerous awards, including 2004 City Beat “CEA Best Jazz Artist” and Cincinnati Enquirer “Woman of the Year.” ### The Jazz Arts Group advances America’s musical art form through performance, education, support of professional musicians and by commissioning new works. The Jazz Arts Group receives ongoing support from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and The Columbus Foundation. The mission of The King Arts Complex is to enrich and improve the quality of life in our community and society, creating enhanced understanding and harmony by preserving, presenting and fostering the contributions of African Americans through creative expression and education.
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