All That Jazz

If music is the language of all countries and its people, then jazz is the dialect of American expression. And on Tuesday night (Feb.12), students of Westminster College and William Woods University will witness this phenomenon called jazz.

The institutions have joined forces to bring The Matt Wilson Quartet to Champ Auditorium on the campus of Westminster College for an evening of education and multicultural influence.

This event is a partnership to celebrate Black History Month and enlighten students and community members about the significance of jazz in the African-American culture. The 8 p.m. performance is free and open to the public.

Drummer Matt Wilson is considered one of the most imaginative jazz artists of his generation. His energy, creativity and spirit are an inspiration to the many projects in which he is involved. A highly regarded composer, bandleader, recording artist, educator, producer, performance artist, humorist and idea man, Wilson is a tireless explorer.

The collaboration of this event is an example of how Westminster College and William Woods University plan to combine resources for the betterment of the student population and the Fulton and Callaway County communities.

On Dec. 1, 2001, the presidents of both institutions signed a letter of strategic alliance. The alliance signifies a partnership. As Jahnae H. Barnett, president of William Woods University, has stated, “We are now able to combine our resources and offer students the same opportunities that larger institutions offer their student bodies.”

For more information regarding the Matt Wilson Quartet performance, contact Renell Franklin at (573) 592-5146 or Mary Ann Beahon at (573) 592-1127.