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April 7, 2014

RAAC brings back jazz event Friday

RICHMOND — For many years, the Richmond Area Arts Council tried to warm up the atmosphere and help people beat the winter blues with a “Jazz Meltdown” in February. For the the past few years, however, the jazz event has been absent from the RAAC calendar.

That will change from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday when the arts council hosts a “Jazzed Up” evening in the Black Box Theatre of the EKU Center for the Arts.

The council chose April for the event because it is “Jazz Appreciation Month,” said Deborah Kidd, RAAC executive director.

Food and cash bar will be provided by EKU Catering. Admission is $30. For tickets or more details, call 624-4242 or email

Music will be provided by the Westbrook Trio, which includes Steve Boardman, bass and vocals; Jeff Smith, saxophone; and Randy Westbrook, keyboard.

The Westbrook Trio should be familiar to local music lovers. It is a regular on the summer outdoor concert schedule at Irvine-McDowell Park and the Richmond Centre fountain.

Westbrook teaches graduate music history, survey of popular music and advanced music appreciation at Eastern Kentucky University. He also teaches a course at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, the History and Sociology of Rock and Roll. Last year he published a 50-year history of Exile, a rock and roll band formed by Madison County teenagers in 1963.

Westbrook and Boardman also play in a praise band at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington.

Schmidt and the multi-talented Westbrook are members of Superfecta, a seven-piece soul/funk dance band that performs throughout central Kentucky.

Since February, RAAC has had at least one public event scheduled each month.

In late February, it hosted its first Rio Carnival. It was followed by a Celtic Festival in March.

In addition to “Jazzed Up,” the upcoming RAAC schedule includes a reading by Kentucky poet laureate Frank X Walker, 7:30 p.m. April 16; the Treble Clef Youth Chorus spring concert 7 p.m. April 21; Derby Brunch on May 3; Madison’s Got Talent on May 16; the Madison Singers spring concert May 19; the Art in the Garden tour June 21; and a patriotic concert by Madison Community Band and Madison Singers on July 3.

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