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The Eau Claire Jazz Festival, presented by Eau Claire Jazz, Inc. in partnership with UW-Eau Claire, features jazz music from university groups on campus and nationally-renown guest performances Friday and Saturday evening.
Friday and Saturday nights both Jimmy Heath as a guest performer. Jimmy Heath, father of Mtume and a longtime magnificant composer and arranger, has performed with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years, from Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis to Wynton Marsalis. In 1948 at the age of 21, he performed in the First International Jazz Festival in Paris. Jimmy Heath has performed on more than 100 record albums including seven with The Heath Brothers and twelve as a leader.
On Friday night, Jimmy is joined by jazz vocalist Connie Evingson, who is best known for taking divergent musical paths. Her recorded catalog of acclaimed CD’s ranging from jazz and Broadway standards to the music of Peggy Lee, the Beatles, Django Reinhardt, Dave Frishberg, Norman Gimbel and more reflects an adventurous spirit that knows no boundaries. A Twin Cities resident, Connie appears at the nationally renowned Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, is the featured artist of the Jungle Theater’s Jazz at the Jungle concert series, appears regularly at the Minneapolis Woman’s Club Jazz in the Lounge series and tours worldwide, with appearances at concert halls, theaters and festivals in the U.S., Europe and Japan. She has been a guest artist at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein and Vince Giordano, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, the Minnesota Orchestra and Toronto Symphony conducted by Doc Severinsen, the JazzMN Orchestra and Vocalessence, among others. Her ten CD’s on Minnehaha Music have all charted in the Top 50 in the U.S. and Canada and can be heard on radio stations around the world. All the Cats Join In, her third CD in the “jazz manouche” style popularized by Django Reinhardt, features John Jorgenson and his Quintet and was released in Oct., 2014.
On Saturday night, Jimmy is joined by Stefon Harris, who earned three consecutive Grammy nominations including Best Jazz Album for The Grand Unification Theory (2003) and the 2001 release of Kindred (Blue Note) and his 1999 release of Black Action Figure (Blue Note) for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. He’s performed at many of the world’s most distinguished concert halls, including the Carnegie Hall debut of Aftrican Tarantella…Dances with Duke, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, San Francisco’s Herbst Theater, UCLA’s Royce Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center, Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, and The Sydney Opera House.