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Last Call for Jazz

Article Published: Nov. 10, 2011 | Modified: Nov. 13, 2011
Last Call for Jazz

Trumpeter Ashlin Parker will highlight an all-star lineup at the final Blowing Rock Jazz Society show for 2011.
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Fans of the monthly Blowing Rock Jazz Society shows will definitely want to savor this weekend’s show.

The organization has decided that rather than host monthly shows during the winter, it will hibernate and return to action in April 2012 (see letter to the editor on page 6-A).

The BRJS’ final show for 2011 will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock. The show will feature jazz luminaries Ocie Davis and Ashlin Parker.

Trumpeter Parker first picked up the horn at the age of 10 and later studied jazz at the Shenandoah Conservatory. Later, he gained professional experience as a sideman, arranger and bandleader for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines from 2005-07.

In 2009, he joined the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and performed on the band’s album, “Book One,” a Grammy Award winner for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

Over the past few years, he has performed with the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, featuring Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis, Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, Government Majik and Russell Batiste. Tickets for Sunday’s BRJS concert at the Meadowbrook Inn are $15 for the general public, $5 for students and free for all BRJS members in good standing.

The Meadowbrook Inn is located at 711 Main St. in Blowing Rock. For more information, call the Meadowbrook Inn at (828) 295-4300 or visit

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