Joyful Jazz and Jive

By Jeff Eason (

Article Published: Apr. 10 | Modified: Apr. 14
Joyful Jazz and Jive

Saxophonist Todd Wright and two ASU jazz ensembles will kick off the Blowing Rock Jazz Society’s 2014 season at the Meadowbrook Inn on Sunday, April 13.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

For more than a decade, the Blowing Rock Jazz Society has been bringing some of the best players and singers to the High Country for its seasonal monthly concert series.

The BRJS 2014 season kicks off on Sunday, April 13, with a show featuring the jazz talent at Appalachian State University’s Broyhill School of Music. Led by saxophonist and ASU Jazz Studies director Todd Wright, the concert will feature both ASU Jazz Ensemble I and a combo group. The combo group will open the concert with three or four selections, after which the big band will perform selections by the most prolific composers in jazz history, ranging from classic to contemporary.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for the general public, $5 for students and free for all Blowing Rock Jazz Society members in good standing.

Food and drink will be available for purchase during the show.

The 2014 BRJS “Second Sunday” concert series includes vocalist Wendy Jones on May 11, the Lovell Bradford Trio on June 8, Larry Lapin on July 13, the Noel Friedline Quintet on Aug. 10, Jason Foureman Trio on Sept. 14 and Melva Houston on Oct. 12.

BRJS 2014 memberships, which include admission to all seven concerts, are $75 per person.
For more information, or to make reservations, call the Meadowbrook Inn at (828) 295-4300.

For more information about the Blowing Rock Jazz Society, visit

This concert series is sponsored by Mountain Times Publications.

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