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September 6, 2005

Source: St. Francis Xavier University:

Jazz fest to bring big names

Oliver Jones, along with Juno winners to perform at Jazz X-Fest

ANTIGONISH, NS --- It's the ultimate jazz eXperience and an opportunity to see Oliver Jones performing in a special "unretirement" concert.

St. Francis Xavier University Music Department faculty and students are gearing up to present Jazz X-Fest Sept. 23-25. Jazz-X-Fest will kick off at Piper's Pub on Friday at 8 pm. The weekend will be packed with award wining jazz musicians at numerous locations. Organizers are expecting to draw jazz lovers from across the province to this unique and first-of-its kind event.

The award winning line-up consists of Jimmy Bruno, a Philadelphia-based guitarist who is described as one of the world's leading jazz guitarists by Vintage Guitar Magazine. Bruno has also received exceptional reviews from world-famous guitarist George Benson. The Jazz X-Fest will also feature jazz drummer Jerry Granelli, who has been described by The Boston Globe as one of the most tasteful and melodically oriented drummers heard in years. Mike Murley will be performing with his own quartet, David Braid Sextet and Doug Riley Quartet. This Nova Scotian saxophonist has played on nine Juno Award-winning recordings and has been named Saxophonist of the Year six times. Doug Riley, also known as Dr. Music, is a well-known jazz pianist and recipient of the Order of Canada and will be featured on the Hammond B-3 organ. David Braid and the Juno Award winning band David Braid Sextet will also heat things up. Afternoon events will take place at Whidden's Campground and evening events will be held at Piper's Pub and the Orient Lounge.

A concert will be held by world-famous jazz musician Oliver Jones Sunday evening will take place at Nicholson Hall at 8 pm on the StFX campus. Jones has close ties to StFX and Antigonish. He was presented with an honorary doctorate from StFX.

There will also be musicians' late night jam sessions at the Orient Lounge, along with clinics and student presentations starting Saturday and Sunday at 10 am at Whidden's campground. Visiting artist and faculty performances will begin at noon. All proceeds raised will benefit the StFX Music Department. For more information visit



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