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7/18/2013 Jazzy young musicians to perform in Jazz Arts Camp concert on Monday


Jazz in the Sangres 14th Annual Jazz Arts Camp 2013 Benefit House Concert with Convergence takes place Monday, July 22, at the Coyote Moon on 116 Granada Court (just behind Shell/Subway). The event begins with a "Covered Dish" (BYOB) at 5 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. There is a $20 donation at the door that goes directly to the Jazz Arts Camp this year.

The musicians in Convergence are at the top of their field. Mark Patterson, trombone player, has toured with Steely Dan and Barbara Streisand. He is currently playing on Broadway in "Annie." Rocky Winslow, trumpet player, is Director of Jazz at California State University, Chico and has toured with Paul Anka. John Gunther, saxophone player, is Director of Jazz Studies at University of Colorado in Boulder. He is also a renowned international artist. Eric Gunnison, piano player, teaches jazz theory and piano at University of Denver. He toured with Carmen McRae before she retired. Mark Simon, bass player, and Paul Romaine, drummer, both famous in the own right, have been playing together for 33 years. An exceptional bond is reflected in their music.

Paul Romaine states, "It is the intense, immersive experience of this Jazz Camp that can help to build musical relationships that will last decades." All 36 campers rehearse all day, every day and are rewarded at the end of camp with a Festival Performance at the Feed Store Amphitheater and Park.

The Benefit Concert is the beginning of community involvement with the Jazz Camp this year. The campers rehearse at the school, eat often at Coyote Moon and stay at the Westcliffe Inn. Brent Bruser and Bar Scott act as a "cornerstone" for the Jazz Camp here in Westcliffe. A part of the future of Jazz starts right here in the Wet Mountain Valley. – Carol Bribach