October 03, 2013

Media Advisory

Jazz Festival Performer gives preview performance at Q Enoteca tonight

WHO: Dr. Elaine Richardson, aka "Dr. E", a jazz musician and professor of literacy studies at Ohio State University
WHAT: Preview party to celebrate Springfield's Fourth Annual Jazz Festival
WHEN: Presentation at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3
WHERE: Q Enoteca, 308 E. Commercial
WHY: Jazz music is often called the music of change. Experts say the creation of jazz was due to a melting pot of sorts, the combination of European musical tradition and African musical tradition. The Springfield Jazz Festival (Friday, starting at 6 p.m. at Park Central Square) is a free celebration of cultural diversity, originating from ideas brought forward by the community strategic planning committee.

Special note: Dr. Richardson and Jazz Festival headliner Brad Leali will also perform and speak to more than 200 high school students at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 4, at the Youth Empowerment Summit! (YES!). The summit takes place at the Plaster Student Union Theater on the Missouri State University campus. Media are invited to attend this event also.

The YES! Conference was started 12 years ago by former Springfield NAACP President Larry Maddox as a way to emphasize the importance of rigorous classes and college preparation for African-American students, some of whom lagged behind their peers academically.

For more information, visit www.springfieldjazzfestival.com or join the event on Facebook.