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Celebrate an early Valentine’s Day with Todd Wright and friends

BOONE—It’s a Valentine tradition at Appalachian State University – the annual Evening of Valentine Jazz with Todd Wright and friends. This year’s concert will be a pre-Valentine event held at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

View larger imageAndy Page, left, Todd Wright, Zack Page, Rick Dilling and Keith McCutchen, not pictured, will perform an Evening of Valentine Jazz Feb. 12. Joining them will be vocalist Wendy Jones.View larger imageWendy Jones

Vocalist Wendy Jones will be a special guest for the performance. The musicians are saxophonist Wright, pianist Keith McCutchen, guitarist Andy Page, bass player Zack Page and drummer Rick Dilling.

The program includes “All the Way” by Jimmy Can Heusen and Sammy Chan, “Teach Me Tonight” by Gene De Paul and Sammy Cahn, “I Love Her” by McCartney and Lennon, “Embraceable You” by George and Ira Gershwin, “My Funny Valentine” by Richard Rogers and “Love You Madly” by Duke Ellington.

Jones earned her bachelor and master of music degrees in vocal performance from Appalachian, where she taught for eight years before beginning a full-time professional singing and acting career. She has appeared in leading roles with professional theatres from Chicago to Toyko. Her CD “Perfect Dream” was released in 2014.

Jones currently is a member of the Brevard College faculty where she teaches voice and directs the opera workshop.

Wright is director of jazz studies at Appalachian and conducts Jazz Ensemble I and teaches courses in jazz improvisation, jazz history, jazz piano and jazz tunes. He has performed with jazz greats Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Richie Cole, Bill Watrous, Buddy Baker, Peter Erskine, Benny Golson, Herb Ellis, James Williams, Billy Taylor and others.