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A Series Of Firsts: Jazz at UMass

UMass and the Fine Arts Center announced the Triangle’s 12th Anniversary season which both presents and honors musicians, composers and educators whose talents and dedication to music defines what it means to love music.

The first concert in the series, William Parker and the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, will be the first time Parker takes his 15-piece big band out of New York City. The show is scheduled for Thursday, February 22nd. Eremite Records plans to make a live recording of this concert.

The series continues on March 29th presenting the first solo Magic Triangle performance ever by Sam Rivers. Rivers is considered a master of the saxophone, flute, piano, and voice.

Finally, on April 12th, Yusef Lateef performs live in his first concert for the series, alongside Von Freeman and his Quintet. Lateef, now 80, is a brilliant instrumentalist and a respected teacher who has taught in Pioneer Valley/Amherst since the ’70s.

All concerts in this up-coming series are evening performances and are open to the public. Tickets are $9 for the regular concertgoer and $6 for students. For further information, contact WMUA radio at (413) 545-2876, or visit their website: You can also try for further information.

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