There'll be a hot time in the old town tomorrow.
That's the date of the ninth Magic City Jazz Festival, taking place all day at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University.
Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, jazz combos and bands from many area middle- and high-schools will be playing and working with clinicians Kenni Holmen, a saxophonist from Minneapolis, and Doug Woolverton, a trumpeter from Newport, R.I.
Submitted Photo - - Rhode Island trumpeter Doug Woolverton will appear as a clinician as the Magic City Jazz Festival.
Submitted Photo - - Minneapolis saxophonist Kenni Holmen will appear as a clinician at the Magic City Jazz Festival.
"All day, groups from Central Campus under Dave Jensen, Memorial under Shannon Massey, Jim Hill under Leslie Barney, Surrey under Marlowe Kittleson, Williston Middle School under Bevin Mitchell and Williston State College and District 8 under Chad Askim will be playing three tunes for one or the other of the adjudicators," said manager and Ramstad band director Pat Schwan.
"Besides Kenni and Doug, we're expecting Cordell Bugbee and Joe Alme to help out, with two in the audience and one joining (each group) after the performance to critique."
All performances will be on stage, and the public is encouraged to drop in to enjoy the musicianship of the younger generation.
"At 11 a.m. the clinicians will be doing an improv jazz clinic," he said. "The workshops end at 3 p.m. and the hall will be closed."
Holmen has performed with many well-known artists throughout his 25-year career, including Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Severinson and Garrison Keillor, to name a few.
Woolverton is a busy performer, clinician, and adjudicator around the world. He has performed with They Might Be Giants, The Temptations and BadFish and was a three-time finalist at the National Trumpet Competition in the solo jazz division.
The two will be playing for the public at the evening concert, 7 p.m. Friday, with the five Minot public school bands and the Swing Band of Minot, fronted by Schwan.
"We're really pleased to have Ann Nicole Nelson Hall available to us," he said. "It's a great space, and shows the commitment MSU has to young musicians."
Ticket prices for the concert are $7 for adults and $5 for students aged 7 to 12. Admission is free for children 6 and younger.