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Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein will headline the annual Miles Davis Jazz Festival April 15.

The 8 p.m. concert in Aycock Auditorium will feature Bernstein with the UNCG Jazz Band performing “Dragon Fly” and “Metamorphosis”. In the second half, the award-winning UNCG Jazz Ensemble will perform Bernstein compositions which students have arranged and orchestrated. Songs performed will include “Afterglow,” “Jet Stream,” “Blues for Bulgaria” and “Public Domain.”

“Peter has really been turning heads in New York City,” said Steve Haines, director of UNCG’s Miles Davis Jazz Studies program. “He is one of the great living jazz guitar players. He is unabashedly swinging. Our students have been studying his music this semester and have been writing orchestrations of his music. The concert will feature 10 world-premieres, and for us that is very exciting.”

Bernstein is known for his clean, warm guitar tone and his lyrical melodic lines. Throughout the 1990s, he was at the forefront of contemporary jazz, playing with Joshua Redman, Melvin Rhyne, Diana Krall, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart, Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Roy Hargrove, Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Smith, Eric Alexander, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, Mike LeDonne and many more.

His albums as a leader include “Something’s Burnin’,” “Signs of Life,” “Brain Dance,” “EarthTones,” “Heart’s Content,” “Strangers in Paradise,” “Monk” and “Live at Smalls.”

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for students, and they are available through the UNCG Box Office at (336) 334-4849 or online at boxoffice.uncg.edu.

By Steve Gilliam

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