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Jazz musicians to perform two concerts in Wabash Valley

April 20, 2016

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Terre Haute native and Chicago-based trombonist Michael Nearpass who, along with a talented group of colleagues, will present two concerts to the public May 1-2.

After graduating from Terre Haute North in 2007, Nearpass completed a jazz studies degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Joining Nearpass on stage will be fellow IU alumni Artie Black on tenor saxophone and Joel Tucker on guitar, as well as local music educators Eric Schatz on bass and Rusty Bottomley on drums.

The first concert is 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the Indiana State University campus, located at 7th and Chestnut streets in Terre Haute. The group will perform a mix of traditional jazz standards, as well as original charts composed by members of the quintet. The concert is sponsored by the Indiana State School of Music. Admission is free and open to the public.

The second concert will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, May 2 in Brazil at the North Clay Middle School/Northview High School's "Day of Jazz." Students at the schools will take part in clinics and workshops throughout the day, which will conclude with a concert known as the "Jazz Café." "Day of Jazz" is sponsored by Paige's Music and the Northview Music Boosters.

Admission to the second concert is $3, and tickets to the event, which will take place in the Northview High School cafeteria, may be purchased at the door.

In addition to the quintet, the concert will feature sets by the North Clay Middle School Jazz Band, conducted by Michael Alsop, and members of the quintet alongside the Northview High School Jazz Ensemble, conducted by David Nearpass.