Jazz master visiting Fishers High School

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By Renee Larr

Jazz artist, music educator and author James Aeberbold will visit Fishers High School March 10 for a pair of workshops and a concert. (Submitted photo)

Jazz artist, music educator and author James Aeberbold will visit Fishers High School March 10 for a pair of workshops and a concert. (Submitted photo)

Fishers Music Works will host a pair of jazz workshops and a concert March 10 featuring internationally renowned jazz artist, music educator and author Jamey Aebersold.

“Jamey Aebersold has been in the teaching business for 40-plus years. He’s a great saxophone player and he’s done a great series of books,” Marc Feeney, vice president of Fishers Music Works, said. “He writes all kinds of ‘how to play’ books. He was the first person to do a play-along where he included a CD with his books, but he’s focused primarily on jazz.”

The first clinic, “Anyone Can Improvise,” will be held during school hours at Fishers High School. The second clinic, “And You Thought You Couldn’t Play Jazz,” will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will be open to the public and will be immediately followed by a concert.

“We’ll close the evening out with a concert where his combo will play with our jazz orchestra and some of the high school jazz students that he taught earlier in the day,” Feeney said.

Aebersold is a New Albany native. This will be his first time visiting Hamilton Co.

The clinics are free for students 18 and under with a valid school ID. Tickets can be purchased by visiting fishersmusicworks.org. Tickets for the concert are $10 or $15 for the concert and evening clinic.

FMW hopes to continue offering programs in the future for both students and adults alike.

“We’d like to start helping with the music education in the city,” Feeney said. “It’s our hope that this clinic will be one in a long series. We’re asking for ideas from the community about what they always wanted to learn but never did. Our hope is that we can start doing these on a monthly basis.”

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