On Friday and Saturday, April 10, and 11, the College Station Noon Lions Club is presenting the Inaugural Lions Jazz Fest at the Palace Theater in Downtown Bryan. The music is from 7pm to 9pm on Friday and from noon to 4pm, and 6pm to 10pm on Saturday.
Performers for the event include student groups from Texas A&M University, Blinn College, Waller High School, as well as Jazz Connection, a volunteer ensemble of junior-and-senior high school students in the Conroe area. Rounding out the fest will be local favorites, Don Pope & Friends, Dick Phelps & Friends, the Big Apple Trio, and the Greg Tivis Combo.
“Jazz is an American music form,” according to Dick Phelps, musician and planning committee chair. “In jazz, you learn the rules of music, and then you break them – sounds like an American thing to do. More than ever, young people are accepting its challenge. This event will showcase area student musicians, as well as local professionals.”
There is no charge for admission to the Lions Jazz Fest. The College Station Noon Lions will welcome donations to offset the cost of the event. Any donations received over expenses will go to support charitable projects of the club, such as vision exams and eyeglasses for local residents, the “I Love America” 4th of July celebration, sending children with physical disabilities and diabetes to summer camp, and other community and Lions charities.
For information and the schedule of performances, visit http://csnoonlions.org/events/jazz-fest-2015/.