CLARKSBURG — The blare of horns, tinkling of ivories and crash of cymbals will reverberate through the streets of Clarksburg Friday when more than 20 jazz musicians perform at various locations.
Organizers of the Clarksburg Uptown Jazz Stroll are counting on a good turnout for the event, which gets under way at 6 p.m.
“We anticipate we’ll fill the venues and people will be strolling around,” said Eric Spelsberg, president of the West Virginia Jazz Society.
Jazz musicians will be performing at five venues: The Fifth Floor, P.J. Kelley’s, Main Street Cafe and Gallery, Starving Artist Studio and Waldomore.
The 50-minute sets — which will be free — will begin at 6 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
“People will have 25 minutes to stroll to the next place,” Spelsberg said. “They can stay where they are, or they can go to the next place. But each place will have starting times at the same time.”
Meanwhile, Lewis County disc jockey Dick Harrison will be playing 1940s big band tunes at the Harrison County Courthouse plaza, Spelsberg said.
“We anticipate some boogie-woogie dancers are going to show up,” he said. “I think that’s the best dance floor in the county with those new granite slabs.”
The front line of the James Moore Sextet will headline the acts at four of the venues:
n Bandleader Moore, who plays trumpet, will perform with the West Virginia Wesleyan College Jazz Ensemble at the Starving Artist Studio.
n Pianist Alton Merrell will play at Waldomore with trumpeter Adam Loudin, drummer Kyle Andrews and bassist Steve Hefner.
n Trombonist Jeff Bush will perform at P.J. Kelly’s with bassist Anton DeFade, keyboardist Davin Seamon and drummer George Heid.
n Saxophonist Curtis Johnson, a professor at West Virginia Wesleyan, will perform at the Fifth Floor. He will be joined by guitarist Seth Maynard, drummer Mark Capellini and bassist Greg Thurman.
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