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For release
April 27, 2001

Jazz at The Citadel

Three of Charleston's best-known jazz groups will perform free concerts at The Citadel in May as part of the college's Maymester course on "The History of Jazz."

"The History of Jazz" is a three-credit-hour course that will examine the development of American Jazz from its African-American roots to the most recent evolution of the musical art form.

"A student can earn a three-hour history elective credit, which can be applied at The Citadel and may be accepted by other universities, while learning about the distinctly American art form of jazz," said Dr. John Bonds, a history professor and a professional musician.

The class, which costs $408 for in-state residents and $822 for out-of-state residents, begins May 14 and meets weekdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Weekly performances by the local musical groups will demonstrate various forms of jazz, from Dixieland through Swing to Bebop, Modal and other abstract forms.

Slated to perform are Rivercity Jazz, May 16; Nancy Clayton, May 23; and the John Slate Quintet, May 30.

The concerts are open to the public. Performances begin at 7 p.m. in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium. Sponsors are The Citadel and the American Federation of Musicians Local 502.

Registration is not necessary for the concerts.

For information on how to register for "The History of Jazz" course, contact the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at 953-5089. The deadline is May 11.

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