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Annie Booth Trio invites you to the stage


The Annie Booth Trio, the final offering for the University of Jamestown’s 2017-18 Performing Arts Series, is inviting the audience to join the jazz group on stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22.

Season ticket holders have seats reserved but an additional $20 per person will cover the champagne, hors d’oeuvres and delectable desserts. Anyone with a season ticket will sit on stage. If patrons pay the additional $20 for the “taste,” they will be seated at an onstage table. Everyone will be in chairs. Contact Dr. Richard Walentine at 252-3467, ext. 5026, or to RSVP to special seating location and refreshments. On-stage seating is limited.

Annie Booth Trio is a Denver-based jazz group that features pianist/ composer Booth, bassist Patrick McDevitt and drummer Alejandro Castano.

Booth was named “Best in Denver” in the jazz genre by “Westwood Magazine” in 2015 and 2016. She was featured as Jazz 89.3 KUVO’s “30-Under-30” recognition. She leads the piano, bass and drums trio that can easily be supplemented by a trumpet or saxophone player or jazz vocalist.

Growing up in a musical family in Westminster, Colo., she began the piano at a young age and started playing jazz in high school through the renowned nonprofit organization, the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. She went on to study music, earning her Bachelor of Music in jazz studies in 2011 from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Booth released her debut album, “Wanderlust,” in 2014 on the Dazzle Recordings label. It features an artist program of nine original trio and quartet settings. Additionally, Booth released “Festive!” (2016, Annie Booth Trio), an upbeat Christmas album, and “Abundance” (2017, Annie Booth Sextet), a live album recorded in December 2015 at Mighty Fine Productions. She is a faculty member for the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts.

McDevitt is an upright and electric bassist from Denver. He’s played sideman to local legends, toured internationally, and worked on the road with New Orleans’ featured percussionist, Mike Dillon. He’s a versatile and talented bassist who is prolific in a myriad of musical backgrounds.

Castano is the trio’s drummer. He’s with the under 30-year-old works in Denver, member of the Annie Booth Trio as well as Funky Fresh Trio. He said he does his best to lay down beats in the tradition of drummers who’ve gone before him. If you would like to be on-stage with the trio, be sure to contact Walentine this week to reserve that special spot near the musicians.

Between now and then, UJ will be jumping with activity across campus. Students from area high schools are touring the campus and learning about the fine arts available there. Walentine, Edwin Aybar, Larry Woiwode, Laura Lynch, Michael McIntyre and I will include the highschoolers in classes and give them opportunities to practice vocals, band instruments, visual arts, writing, dance and get some behind-the-scenes experience for the play “The Dining Room,” which opened Wednesday and continues through Saturday.

Starting Monday, UJ’s International Students Organization, Looking Beyond Committee, the Foreign Language Department and JAB will host an International Week of events that are open to students and visitors alike. It kicks off in Knight Hall celebrating Chinese New Year with professor Kate Stevenson and student BoWei Ma demonstrating how Chinese dumplings are made.

On Tuesday Lexie Lueck will have a study-abroad table in the cafeteria starting at 11 a.m.

A photo contest for students who’ve toured abroad will be judged and shown in the gallery of the Reiland Fine Arts Center starting Monday through spring break. Prizes will be given for People’s Choice and the Look Beyond Award. Winners will be announced Wednesday during the Cultural Showcase in the Student Engagement Center following an international buffet in Knight Hall.

An international service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Voorhees Chapel and that afternoon from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Stevenson will serve international coffees to visitors in the Student Engagement Center. For more information on International week email or

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