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Feb. 5 Tuesday 7:30pm  Bowker Auditorium  FREE
The Langston Hughes Project
Live music, poetry & imagery featuring the Ron McCurdy Quartet
Ron McCurdy, trumpet; Yuma Sang, piano; Fumi Tomita, bass & Tom Giampietro, drums
In partnership with the W.E.B. Du Bois Dept. of Afro-American Studies & the Fine Arts Center

Feb. 20 Thursday 7:30pm  Bezanson Recital Hall  FREE
Graduate Jazz Composers' Concert

February 28  Thursday  7:30pm   Bowker Auditorium  $10/5
38th Annual Jazz Showcase
Felipe Salles, producer/coordinator
UMass Jazz Ensemble I, Chapel Jazz, Jazz Lab & Vocal Jazz Ensembles
Tickets: 413-545-2511 or

March 26  Tuesday  7:30pm  Bezanson Hall   FREE
Guest Artist Concert: Feathery Jazz Quartet
Led by saxophonist & composer Lena Bloch '06MM

March 30 Saturday  All day   Bezanson Hall & Music wing
37th Annual New England Saxophone Festival
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen & Felipe Salles, hosts
Guest artists: Connie Frigo & Claire Daly
Registration & info at

April 6  Saturday  All day   Bezanson Hall & Music wing   Daytime activities FREE
20th Annual High School Jazz Festival
Thomas Giampietro, coordinator
Guest adjudicator: Wycliffe Gordon
8pm FAC concert by Wycliffe Gordon & His International All Stars, tickets at

April 8  Monday  7:30pm  Bezanson Recital Hall  FREE
Jazz Ensemble I & Jazz Lab Ensemble
Thomas Giampietro, Brian Martin & Haneef Nelson, directors

April 9  Tuesday  7:30pm  Old Chapel   $10/5  Online Tix
The New Immigrant Experience
Premiere Performance of Felipe Salles' Guggenheim Fellowship Project
Multi-media concert with music composed by Salles and performed by the Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble

April 27  Saturday 7:30pm  Fine Arts Center Concert Hall  $10/5 Tickets
Wind Ensemble & Studio Orchestra: Real Cool!
Matthew Westgate & Felipe Salles, conductors
Includes Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story plus a new symphony by composer-in-residence David Biedenbender

April 28 Sunday  1pm  Bezanson Recital Hall  $10/5 Online Tix
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Catherine Jensen-Hole, director

April 30  Tuesday  7:30pm  Bezanson Hall  $10/5 Online Tix
Chapel Jazz Ensemble
David Sporny, guest director