Annual Jazz Festival Set for Feb. 12th

The 24th Annual Willamette University Jazz Festival concert, with guest drummer Frank Capp, takes place Saturday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium at the University. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors at the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center and at the door the night of the event. For more ticket information, call 503-370-6255.

Capp has played with Stan Kenton, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry James, Charlie Barnet, Stan Getz, Art Pepper, and Dave Pell. He has recorded with André Previn, Benny Goodman, Terry Gibbs, and Turk Murphy. Capp worked steadily on television shows and in the film studios in the 1960s, and recorded extensively in a variety of settings for Concord. Frank Capp Juggernaut (later known simply as Capp-Pierce Orchestra) sometimes sounded identical to the '70s Count Basie band.

The Willamette Jazz Festival has brought the leading names in jazz to the Salem area. Former guests include Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Conte Condoli, Don Lanphere, Herbie Mann, and the Mel Brown Septet.

First-year band director Tim Robblee and the Willamette University Jazz Ensemble will host the day-long event which includes regional high school jazz bands performing for adjudication throughout the day also in Smith Center. This portion of the festival is free and open to the public. The festival concludes with the 7:30 p.m. concert.