34th annual UWP Jazz Festival features local and guest artists

January 24, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - Play it cool, play it sweet. Anyway you play it, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Fine Arts Department annual Jazz Festival will be distinctive.

This year's two-day festival, set for Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, logs 34 years of vocal and instrumental jazz combos and ensembles.

The festival unwraps with a free and open to the public concert at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall, with performances by UWP Jazz I and the UWP Faculty Jazz Combo. Guest artists Louie Romero and Curt Moore will perform with the groups.

Saturday's schedule opens at 9 a.m. with public school jazz ensembles, vocal jazz and combo performances.

A 5 p.m. concert in the CFA concludes the festival. Performing is UWP Jazz I with guests Romero and Moore.

Festival director Joe Caploe is eagerly anticipating the event and extends an invitation to the University community and the tri-state public to attend. "This year's festival looks to be an exciting one," said Caploe. "The San Francisco-based Latin jazz artists and percussionists Louie Romero and Curt Moore are tops."

Band leader and timbalero Romero is one of the world's top timbale players, earning his reputation with the greats of Latin music during thegolden age of salsa, said Caploe.

In the 1960s the streets of New York's Latino community were on fire with a new musical hybrid of rhythm and blues and traditional Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythms. Romero was at the forefront of this movement, playing timbales with George Guzman's classic Latin boogaloo group, Caploe added.

Moore is one of the most in-demand drummers and percussionists in the San Francisco Bay Area, said Caploe. He is busy in the thriving jazz, Latin jazz and recording scene in the Bay Area. In the jazz world, he has worked with a number of top performers, he added.

An awards ceremony and presentation will be held following the Friday evening concert. For further information, please call 608-342-1018.

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