Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 2, 1987
Area talents to shine at benefit
By Beth Fertig
The Eclipse Jazz benefit concert
at the Ark this Saturday night
promises to be an exciting event.
Its roster includes some of the
finest talents the Ann Arbor area
has to offer.
For starters, on Saturday, Morris
Lawrence, Instructional Coordinator
of Music at Washtenaw Com -
munity College, will be leading his
notorious Afromusicology En -
semble through some original
African, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian
jazz. They will also be joined by a
small dance troupe. The W.C.C.
students - who are part of the
W.C.C. Jazz Orchestra - have
played all over Michigan, at the
Montreux Festival, and at last
year's Jazz For Life Concert at Hill
Auditorium. This year they will
also be seen at the Indianapolis Jazz
Festival and the Pan Am Olympics.
Lawrence leads the group and
writes a majority of the music
which the students play,
explaining, "I want my students to
understand they're practicioners of
the arts, not just theorizing."
Saxophonist Les Bloom, a
regular at Ann Arbor's Bird of
Paradise jazz club, will be fronting
an "all star" line-up Saturday.
According to Dan Pettit, Eclipse's
Technical Director, Bloom judges
every crowd to see what music will
go over best for a spontaneous
result. The resident saxophonist has
been widely acclaimed for his
creative improvisational skills.
The New Testament Singers are
no strangers to this area either. This
relatively new Flint-based gospel
group last thrilled the local crowds
back in February, at the WCBN-
FM Benefit Bash at the Union
Ballroom. The group's members
met at their Flint church, and have
since been warmly received
throughout southeastern Michigan.
Saturday night's benefit will be
hosted by WCBN radio per -
sonalities Arwulf Arwulf and Marc
Taras, both known for their creative
jazz programming. Taras and
Arwulf will also be reading from
some of their own "jazz poetry,"
poems which take on a jazz-like
rhythm when performed as a duet.
Eclipse Jazz is the University's
student-run jazz promoter. They
bring jazz artists to town for both
performances and workshops. Pro -
ceeds from Saturday's benefit will
go towards funding Eclipse's free
summer jazz series, in addition to
the Union stage they operate for
concerts during the Ann Arbor Art
An evening of hot local talent is
in the works for Saturday night.
Admission is $5, and the show is
set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
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