DeMiero Jazz Fest preps for performances and workshops

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Artistic director Dee Daniels.

Every year the DeMeiro Jazz Fest brings world-class talent to town. This year’s event, Feb. 28 through March 2, includes vocal artists Carmen Bradford, Deborah Brown, Charenee Wade, and Greta Matassa, and festival instrumental musicians Josh Nelson on piano, Jay Leonhart on bass, Alvester Garnett on drums, and Jay Thomas with sax and trumpet.

During the festival, over 1,000 vocal jazz music students and their directors from all over the Northwest will convene in Edmonds for workshops and evening performances. The guest artists and clinicians will work with over 60 middle- and high school groups, college and adult ensembles. Daytime workshops are free and open to the public.

“Each of these gifted artists,” said Daniels, “has the ability to create a supportive environment filled with information that will provide our young musicians with the tools they need to raise the bar of their performances to the next level.”

Evening performances by Daniels and the guest artists, including the Seattle Jazz Singers under the direction of Frank DeMiero, with Soundsation Jazz Choir from Edmonds Community College under the direction of Kirk Marcy, will be at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 – 4th Avenue North. See the concert schedule and ticket information at DeMiero website or call the Edmonds Center for the Arts at 425-275-9595.

Festival staff also includes Rob Hyatt, Administrator, and Wayne Pumphrey, Facilities Director. For additional information, call 206-473-9416.

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Vocalist Carmen Bradford will perform at the festival.

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