The West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival begins this weekend at Camp Muffly and will feature a variety of jazz performances and local wines for tasting.
Though this year will be the event's 17th year, Keith Jackson, member of the Wine and Jazz Festival Board and chair of the West Virginia University Division of Music, said this year will be slightly different from past efforts.
"What's different about this year is we focus on larger ensembles. On Saturday we have Paul Scea/Eric Haltmeier Project, which is a very different space genetics avant-garde band," Jackson said. "On Sunday ... our final group is very different. It's a tribute to Charles Mingus, who had controversial recordings in the '40s and '50s. We have an all-star cast from the region up to Pittsburgh."
Other bands performing include the WVU Jazz Ensemble, The Rick Perdue Band, Azucar, Roger Humphries and RH Factor, The Mon River Big Band, WV Wesleyan College Big Band and Bill Heid Quartet.
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