Bay Springs, MS Grove Comes Alive with Jazz

Notable jazz musicians turn up the beat in this Southern town Saturday, April 25 for Jazz in the Grove, Mississippi's premier jazz festival. The event, now in its 13th year, features University of Southern Mississippi talent and Associate Professor of Philosophy, Sam Bruton along with fellow musicians Karen Greene, Danny Infante and Jeff Mills; keyboardist and recording artist Lao Tizer and his band along with American Violinist Karen Briggs; Brasilliance!, featuring Robertinho Silva on percussion, combining the sonic landscape of Brazil tinged with Jazz creations of American improvisers; and the award-winning Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble, featuring Donald Harrison, "The King of Nouveau Swing."

"We're excited about the spectacular line-up of jazz artists we'll have on hand this year, " said Joseph D. Fail, an event founder and president of TEC. "As Mississippi's premiere jazz festival, we hope to have another great turnout of jazz aficionados from across the state come enjoy the day."

Downtown Bay Springs' shaded grove, located at 43 Hwy. 528, will be the backdrop for Jazz in the Grove. The opening ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m., and the first musicians begin at 11:00 a.m., continuing until 5:00 pm. Admission is free. Excellent food, shopping and children's activities will accompany the performances. No pets, ice chests or alcoholic beverages are allowed, but lawn chairs and quilts are welcome. In the event of rain, the event will be held at 27 South Second Street.

Jazz in the Grove, presented by TEC and OmniBank, is held annually the last Saturday in April. Fail and the late Jerald Hughes, physician and trombone player of Jazz Reflections, founded the festival in 1996 to unite rural Mississippians and foster their appreciation and awareness of jazz music.

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