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Billy Strayhorn
Nov 29, 1915 - May 31, 1967



Mercer County Community College (MCCC)


Fridays, Apr. 10 & 17, 2015 at 8pm Saturdays, Apr. 11 & 18 at 8pm

Sundays, Apr. 12 & 19 at 2pm

The Mercer County Community College Theater and Dance Program bring you this Concours dElegance of young love. Featuring a stylistic synergy between Prokofiev’s memorable ballet and Shakespeare’s unforgettable love story, the most exciting parts of each seamlessly will combine in grand proportion. Shakespeare’s words bleed into Prokofiev’s score while acting and dance merge as do a pair of star-crossed lovers to emphasize the ties that bind action and character to the final tragic outcome. This show of love, by acting’s and dancing’s ripening breathes, may prove a beauteous flower when next we meet… Daytime school performance also available.


Tickets: $18 adults, $16 seniors,

$14 students/children

Romeo and Juliet


For more information and directions to MCCC’s campuses, visit www.mccc.edu.



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Eleanora Fagan Gough
April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959


The Centennial of Lady Day



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The Saturday Morning Mix with Carl Hemmingsen
Saturday 9am
Every week, Carl features an engaging mix of jazz, blues and gospel, old and new.


SPECIAL -- The Making of Modern Africa Diaspora Jazz Music

Saturday 4pm

Celebrating the United Nations launched decade (2015-2024) for People of African Descent, host Isa Espadon Blyden features Traditional West African Instruments in the African Jazz Music, one of the most beautiful expressions of African contribution to culture, music and art in the New World that continues to influence and impact even on cultures in Asia, Europe and in Africa.  The musical instruments we highlight in the program continue to animate, entertain and direct social perceptions.


Guests on the show are Professor Cherif Keita - expert on African Music culture, Haitian born Dowot Desir who sits on the Committee for Decade for People of African Descent, Ronald Lewis - Hip Hop Rap Artiste and Ambroise Buyu - Haitian Jazz Great.


Cadillac Blues with Ron Ungarini
Saturday 6pm
Sit back on your Saturday evening and enjoy a full hour of nothing but the Blues.


Beale Street Caravan with Pat Mitchell-Worley & Kevin Cubbins
Saturday 7pm
We're back with two sets taken from the North Mississippi Hill Country Hill Country Picnic. First up is southern troubadour Cary Hudson. Then rounding out the program is a set of blues-inspired gospel from the legendary Rev. John Wilkins. BSC contributor Jim Spake stops by to continue his series on the great saxophone sidemen of the early years of rock n roll.


Latin Perspective with Tony Vasquez

Saturday 8pm
Latin Perspective radio show features the best in contemporary and classic Latin Jazz Music.  Presenting music from the contemporary artists of today who continue the tradition along with the early pioneers and innovators, the prominent figures and architects who created the music.   In addition it informs its diverse audience about the roots and history of the music and the multitude of rhythms and musical styles that define the tradition and make it a rich and dynamic music genre.


Café Jazz with Gene Knight
Saturday 9pm
Three hours of Big Band, Bebop and Beyond Café Jazz is a mix of original vinyl recordings with contemporary jazz releases on CD.  The show is energetic, classic and classy.  It is filled with lots of fulsome big band sounds, with horns that swing so hard you can almost see the suited gents moving in sync.  The show also features the very best of the Bebop era and Straight Ahead jazz.  It's a feel-good program that is all about having a good time with the music.

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