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KU Jazz Ensemble I Perform in Kurt Elling Concert at Jazz Fest

March 18, 2013 

KUTZTOWN, Pa. -The Kutztown University Jazz Ensemble I will perform in the 23rd annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest on Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Miller Center for the Arts.

The KU Jazz Ensemble I, under the leadership of Dr. Kevin Kjos, will open the concert floor for Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling. The ensemble will feature several of Elling's major band arrangements. Guests are invited enjoy a fun-filled, musical evening and make this a big night for KU.

Jazz Ensemble I is no stranger to performing with talented musicians. In 2011, they played alongside the jazz group Bug at the Lawrence Arts Center. They also presented an evening of jazz with the KU Wind Ensemble this past February, where they played pieces such as Cole Porter's "I Love You" and "Fandango," which was co-composed by KU student James Henry and associate professor of trumpet Steve Leisring.

Kurt Elling is among the world's foremost jazz vocalists and has won every DownBeat Critics Poll for the last 12 years. Elling's rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His command of rhythm, texture, phrasing, and dynamics is more like a virtuoso jazz instrumental than a vocalist.

Tickets for this event cost $39 and are available at and through Ticketmaster at 215-336-2000 or