Sep 4, 2012    #109
Contact: Kristin Pitts
(816) 235-6678

Jazz & BBQ event to benefit Jazz Studies program

Legendary jazz trumpeter Gerald Wilson will be honored

Legendary jazz trumpeter and six-time Grammy nominee Gerald Wilson will receive a lifetime achievement award during the 11th annual Jazz & BBQ benefit Sunday, October 14.

For more than 60 years, Wilson has been recognized as one of the premier composers, arrangers, orchestrators, and band leaders in modern jazz. He played with Jimmie Lunceford and Count Basie and has written arrangements for Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and many others.

Proceeds from Jazz & BBQ, sponsored by UMKC's Jazz Friends, support the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Jazz Studies program. The annual event marks a year of significant progress for the program. This past spring, the University of Missouri's Board of Curators approved UMKC's Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. This makes UMKC the only university in the UM system to offer a degree in jazz.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction, a BBQ buffet dinner and music by the 11 O'Clock Jazz Band directed by Dan Thomas. A concert featuring Bobby Watson and the UMKC Conservatory Concert Jazz Band begins at 7:30 p.m. with the band playing several of Gerald Wilson's outstanding arrangements.

The event will be held in the fourth floor multipurpose room at the UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry St. Patron level ticket prices are $1,000, $500, $250, $175 or $100. Concert and buffet tickets are $75; concert-only tickets are $30. A patron reception on the rooftop of the Student Union will begin at 5 p.m.

Guests must RSVP by September 28 online or by calling 816-235-1561.

About Jazz Friends

Founded in 2000, Jazz Friends aims to encourage the creative artistry and talent of UMKC Conservatory students and faculty, heighten the eminence of the Conservatory's Jazz Studies Program and celebrate the legacy of Kansas City jazz. Jazz Friends has provided scholarships, financial support for travel to national and international competitions, unique sheet music for the UMKC Concert Jazz Band and funding for guest artists.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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