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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, September 20, 1978-Pt

Jazz bash arriving
(Continued from Page 1)

played. He died in 1974.
The Duke Ellington Orchestra,
conducted by his son, Mercer
Ellington, is scheduled for the
festival's final performance on
Sunday night. Several members
of earlier Ellington orchestras
have said they plan to attend.
The festival features two premieres.
Bassist Charles Mingus has written a
new 10-minute piece especially for the
festival, which will be played by the
Ellington Orchestra.
Drummer Max Roach and saxophone
player Archie Shepp will team up for
the American premiere of Roach's
double suite "Force," winner of the
1977 French Grande Prix du Disque at
the opening night performance.
THE FIVE concert bash is sponsored
by Eclipse Jazz, whose steady, uphill
struggle to re-establish public support
for jazz music has made possible an
extensive festival.
Eclipse however, has run into
difficulty selling tickets to the $75,000
festival, says co-ordinator Neil Scott.
Scott said yesterday that of the 2,500
series tickets Eclipse hoped to sell, less
than 800 had been sold:
Sources close to Eclipse say that the
student-run organization could lose up
to $20,000 on the festival if sales do not
improve dramatically.
"WE WERE too encouraged by the
strong line-up of talent to realize we
were selling 21,000 tickets to a jazz
show. Jazz is not Santana. Even big
shows do not sell out," said Scott.
Scott plans a last-minute advertising
binge which includes 50 commercials
each on radio stations WJZZ in Detroit
and WIQB in Ann Arbor.
Festival series tickets are priced at
$20, $25 and $30. Individual tickets may
be purchased for $4.50, $5.50 and $6.50.
The tickets are available at the
Michigan Union Ticket Box Office.
EVEN IF ECLIPSE loses money on
the festival, Scott says,. "We will make
it back by planning an exceptionally
strong winter schedule. I'm not worried
we will lose our shirts.
"Jazz is black classical music. It's
American art. The festival is a cultural
event to us, not a money-maker," he
added.
Mike Grofsorean, who was a
coordinator of Eclipse when the seeds
of the festival were planted last year,
said the concert series "was vaguely
patterned after the old Jazz and Blues
Festivals."
THOSE FESTIVALS brought jazz
and blues, warm summer air and
music-happy students together in a
successful blend.
"The strength of the program we
have today is due to the solid
framework the Rainbow People's Party

from all over the country to Ann Arbor,
and as a result, dope use increases."
The next year - which turned out to
be its last - the Jazz and Blues Festival
was held in Windsor, Ontario. Despite
an impressive line-up of stars, festival
sponsor Rainbow Multi-Media
Corporation (RMM) lost over $60,000 on

Orchestra.
A workshop with Mary Lou Williams
is planned for 2:00 p.m. Friday at the
School of Music. Kenny Burrell is
scheduled to deliver a lecture titled
"Duke Ellington and the History of
Jazz" in Rackham Auditorium
Saturday at 2 p.m.

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the venture because of low attendance.
RMM VICE President John Sinclair
termed the event a "total disaster",
and cited overzealous border checks as
one reason for the poor response.
This year's Eclipse festival is the
first such program since then. It was
originally planned for last spring, but
was postponed to let the staffers at the
three-year-old organization gain more
experience.
ECLIPSE Co-coordinator Scott said
he hopes the festival will become an
annual event.
The concert schedule at this week's
festival is:
" Thursday at 8 p.m.: pianist Mary
Lou Williams; saxophonist Stan Getz,
Max Roach and Archie Shepp.
" Friday at 8 p.m.: saxophonist
Johnny Griffin, saxophonist Dexter
Gordon and trumpeter Freddie
Hubbard.
" Saturday at 8 p.m.: saxophonist
Stanley Turrentine, guitarist Kenny
Burrell, and keyboard player Sun Ra.
" Sunday at 1 p.m.: the II-V-I
Orchestra, conducted by David Swain,
saxophonist Chico Freeman and flutist
Hubert Laws.
" Sunday at 8 p.m.: pianist Mose
Allison, Art Blakey and The Jazz
Messengers and The Duke Ellington

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laid down at those festivals,"
Grofsorean said.
Held in Ann Arbor from 1969 to 1973,
the festivals attracted numerous jazz
and blues artists including B.B. King,
James Cotton, Charles Mingus and
Count Basie and his Orchestra.
BUT IN 1974, City Council, following
the 1973 festival which attracted over
} 60,000 spectators to Huron High
School's Otis Spann Memorial Field,
determined that the festival tarnished
the city's image.
Former Councilmember John
McCormick (R-Fifth Ward) told The
Daily then that it "draws undesirables

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