Jazz to Jump in Bay Springs' Grove

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Notable jazz musicians will turn up the beat in this normally sedate Southern town Saturday, April 28 for Jazz in the Grove, Mississippi's premier jazz festival. Entertainers include trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis; the New York Voices; Three Tenors--a saxophone trio comprised of Jeff Coffin of Bela Flek and the Flektones, New York-based saxophonist Russ Nolan and University of Southern Mississippi Director of Jazz Studies Lawrence M. Panella; University of Southern Mississippi Jazz Lab Band and the Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble I.

As Mississippi's premiere jazz festival, we hope we have another good turnout of jazz aficionados from across the state come enjoy the day.

Notable jazz musicians will turn up the beat in this normally sedate Southern town Saturday, April 28 for Jazz in the Grove, Mississippi's premier jazz festival.

The event, now in its 11th year, will feature New Orleans trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis; the New York Voices; Three Tenors--a saxophone trio comprised of Jeff Coffin of Bela Flek and the Flektones, New York-based saxophonist Russ Nolan and University of Southern Mississippi Director of Jazz Studies Lawrence M. Panella; University of Southern Mississippi Jazz Lab Band and the Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble I.

"We're excited about the spectacular line-up of jazz artists we'll have on hand this year," said Jody Fail, an event founder and president of the Bay Springs Telephone Company. "As Mississippi's premiere jazz festival, we hope we have another good turnout of jazz aficionados from across the state come enjoy the day."

Downtown Bay Springs' shaded grove, located at 43 Hwy. 528, will be the backdrop for Jazz in the Grove. The opening ceremonies begin at 11:50, the first musicians begin at 12:00 noon, continuing until 5:45 pm. Admission is free. Excellent food, shopping and children's activities will accompany the performances. No pets, ice chests or alcoholic beverages are allowed, but lawn chairs and quilts are welcome. In the event of rain, John R. Sims Arena, on Highway 15 North, will host the event.

Jazz in the Grove, presented by Bay Springs Telephone Company and OmniBank, is held annually the last Saturday in April. Fail and the late Jerald Hughes, physician and trombone player of Jazz Reflections, founded the festival in 1996 to unite rural Mississippians and foster their appreciation and awareness of jazz music.

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