Jazz music to rule Annapolis for a day

June 03, 1994|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer

The sweet sounds of brass horns, bass guitars and silky jazz voices will fill the banks of College Creek on Sunday as the Annapolis Jazzfest '94 comes to St. John's College.

The daylong program will showcase the works of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Trio with Anthony Brown and Keter Betts, Ethel Ennis and Friends, and the Vaughn Nark Quintet with Tim Eyermann, to name a few.

Andy Bienstock, a disk jockey for a jazz program on WJHU-FM will be the master of ceremonies for the program, which lasts from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. With a clear, sunny day predicted, program coordinators urge concertgoers to bring their families, a picnic blanket and lawn chairs to enjoy the weather, the scenery and the music.

"Last year we had a family at one end of the field playing croquet to jazz and some people at the other end of the field throwing around a Frisbee," said Maureen Torgerson, chairwoman of the event. "It was so much fun."

Jazzfest is sponsored by Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and all proceeds of the concert benefit the orchestra. The group was formed 29 years ago to advance the interests of the orchestra and to encourage and foster an interest among young people.

With more than 600 volunteers, the group has raised more than $215,000 for the orchestra through various fund-raising efforts.

Last year the jazz concert drew 2,500 fans and raised about $25,000 for the orchestra.

Planners expect that Jazzfest will become more popular with fans and artists.

"This year, we've had a great number of advance ticket sales," Ms. Torgerson said, noting that last year, most of the tickets were sold at the gate.

"We've been having calls from artists all over the country who want to be in the festival next year," she added.

Ms. Torgerson said there is a connection between jazz and classical music.

"Last year Ethel Ennis said it's really nice to see jazz serve classical, because classical has served jazz," she said.

"Most jazz artists are classically trained. Wynton Marsalis can play classical music just as easily as he can play jazz."

She added that the Baltimore-Annapolis-Washington triangle is a strong area for jazz because many artists have originated from this area or live here now.

Advance tickets, on sale at Fawcett's, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Encore Books, and the symphony office at Maryland Hall are $10. Tickets at the door are $12 and children under age 12 are free.

Free parking near the concert will be provided on the state lots off Rowe Boulevard.

Vendors from various other local groups will be selling food, drink, T-shirts and other concessions to raise money.

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