JSU’s ‘Jazz on the Plaza’ features Grammy award winning jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson


JSU’s ‘Jazz on the Plaza’ features Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson

 (JACKSON, Miss.) – Jazz vocalist and Jackson State alumnus Cassandra Wilson will be the guest musician for Jackson State University’s annual outdoor concert, “Jazz On The Plaza,” at 6 p.m. Friday, April 20 on the main campus, 1400 John R. Lynch St.

Wilson, a Jackson native and 1980 Jackson State University alumnus, earned a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for New Moon Daughter in 1996 and another Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Loverly in 2009.

“This is one of our most exciting events of the year,” said Russell Thomas Jr., music department chair and director of jazz education at Jackson State. “We like the opportunity to take our music outside, sharing it with everyone. Anyone can come and enjoy a night of great big band and vocal jazz.”

The event also will feature JSU’s Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the JSU Jazz Combo.

Jazz on the Plaza is free and open to the public. For more information, call 601-979-2141.

– JSU –

About Jackson State University: Challenging Minds, Changing Lives

Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, high research activity university located in Jackson, the capital city of the state of Mississippi. Jackson State’s nurturing academic environment challenges individuals to change lives through teaching, research and service. Officially designated as Mississippi’s Urban University, Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, health-care, technological and educational initiatives. The only university in the Jackson metropolitan area, Jackson State is located near downtown, with three satellite campuses throughout the city. For more information, visit www.jsums.edu.

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