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Annual Jazz Festival to Feature Latin Musicians from Montreal

The SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Music will celebrate its 35th annual Jazz Festival with a jazz concert and Latin/Caribbean dance party Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7.

Directed by Dr. Rick Davies, the festival features special guest artists, vocalist and saxophonist Jorge “Papo” Ross from the Dominican Republic, percussionist Morris Salazar from Colombia, and drummer Jonathan Maldonado from Venezuela. All three now hail from Montreal. Internationally known jazz trumpeter, Ray Vega, will also perform along with Rick Davies and Salsa Norteña and the SUNY Plattsburgh Jazz Ensemble and the Mambo Combo.

On Friday, the Festival Jazz Concert will feature Ross, Salazar and Maldonado with the Jazz Ensemble and the Mambo Combo. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall. Tickets, available in advance at the Angell College Center desk or at the door, are $8 general admission, $5 seniors, area students, SUNY Plattsburgh faculty and staff, and $2 for SUNY Plattsburgh students.

On Saturday, the Jazz Festival concludes with a Latin/Caribbean dance party with Davies and Salsa Norteña, as well as festival guests Ross, Maldonado, Salazar, Vega and the Mambo Combo. The party will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Naked Turtle Holding Co., 1 Dock St., Plattsburgh. Latin dance instructor, E. Victoria Moore from SalsaLina Dance Studio in Burlington, Vt., will lead the dancing with a workshop beginning at 6 p.m. Free.


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