WOW! I do believe that this is the record for blog absenteeism. But fear not…I’m back! Oh yes friends of the cyberverse…it is ON! It is time to:

RELEASE THE KRAKEN:

SCREAM FOR YOUR FAVORITE: 

GET YOUR FRIENDS TOGETHER:

TAKE CARE OF ANY UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

and make plans to attend the concert of the season, the show-of-shows, the mother of all gigs, yay and forsooth…

THE EVENT (on the) HORIZON!!

(Hey…CNN and Fox News aren’t the only ones who get a theme song for headlines! Thanks Kevin Riepl )

So, what up? Well, on the horizon and approaching fast is this event see, and well…ok, ok, I just wanted to use a term from relativistic speculative science fiction cuz it sounded cool ok? But yes, there IS an event on the horizon and it IS coming up fast and you MUST know about it and make plans to attend! Here’s what it is:

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The Allen Jazz Invitational and Arts Festival  (CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS) is going to be EPIC! This mega-event has grown out of our yearly concert in the fabulous Allen PAC in Allen, Texas where the One O’Clock performs our own charts as well as the music of some very important guest artists. In the past, we have featured the legacy of my good friend and mentor, Maynard Ferguson whose complete collection of music is housed in our own Willis Library Facility. This year, we will be branching out and performing works from other areas as well as some Maynard favorites. The guest artists? Check THIS out:

FRANK GREENE

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One of the world’s great lead trumpet artists, Frank can be seen nightly on The Late Show with David Letterman as a member of Paul Shaffer’s CBS Orchestra. Click here for more info on this amazing artist!

WAYNE BERGERON

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ANOTHER one of the world’s great lead trumpet artists! Wayne is a part of EVERYTHING in Los Angeles from movie scores to Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. Here is Wayne’s great website.

STOCKTON HELBING

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Simply one of the best drummers on the planet today! (Hyperbole? Nope, just fact) Whether he is in the studio, on the road with Doc Severinsen, or running his own record label (Armored Records) Stockton is a musician’s musician. Check him out here.

DENIS DIBLASIO

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One of the greatest entertainers in all of jazz, woodwind artist and composer extraordinaire Denis DiBlasio always brings it. Check out his website here.

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Not bad eh? PLUS, there will be some great high school bands performing for guest artists comments and masterclasses, a panel discussion with the cats, the One O’Clock and well…check out the entire deal here.

It will be a show to remember and I hope to see you there! Here is a sneak-peek via snippets from the last two years. ENJOY!

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About swiest2

Steve Wiest is a Trombonist-Composer-Cartoonist-Author and Coordinator of The 21st Century Music Initiative at The Lamont School of Music: The University of Denver

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