- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Southeastern Louisiana University will pay homage to jazz pianist and SLU graduate Bill Evans with its annual festival in his honor during April.

The 13th annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival honors the deceased seven-time Grammy Award winner and 1950 Southeastern graduate.

Sponsored by the SLU department of fine and performing arts, this year’s festival is expanded to include a high school jazz band festival and a performance by Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra trumpeter Marcus Printup.

This year’s festival will include:

- The Southeastern Alumni Band performs Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Admission is free.

- Judging of high school bands begins Friday from 2-4 p.m. Also on Friday, the Southeastern Jazz Combos and Marcus Printup Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

- Judging of high school bands continues on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with an awards ceremony scheduled at 1:45 p.m. At 2 p.m., the Southeastern Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert in Pottle Auditorium with Printup as quest artist.

More details on the festival schedule are available by emailing the university’s director of bands, Paul Frechou, at [email protected]

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