March 15, 2006
Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, a Dixieland jazz ensemble from Louisiana, will perform in concert at Morningside College on Sunday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. The event is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
Ray Guntren, owner of Ray’s Midbell Music in Sioux City, and Pete Hittle, music instructor for the Sioux City Public Schools, will accompany the group on jazz guitar and trumpet, respectively.
The Morningside concert is part of a weeklong series of activities for the group. They will conduct workshops on Dixieland jazz in the Sioux City public middle schools on Wednesday, Friday, and Monday, March 22, 24, and 27, and will perform at Ray’s Midbell Music during its grand opening celebration on Saturday, March 25.
On Sunday, March 26, Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans will perform during 11 a.m. worship services at Grace United Methodist Church, 1735 Morningside Avenue. They will also perform at 3 p.m. during the “Faces of Siouxland” multicultural fair held from noon to 5 p.m. in the Long Lines Family Recreational Center, 401 Gordon Drive. The multicultural fair, sponsored by the Sioux City Human Rights Commission, is free and open to the public. Tickets for the concert held at Morningside College that evening will be offered for sale at half-price during the multicultural fair.
Called the “best of New Orleans” by Southern Living magazine, Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans has performed their mix of traditional jazz, soul, and blues all over the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and the Far East. Led by clarinetist Doreen Ketchens, the group has appeared on a number of national television and radio stations including VH1, MTV, NBC, ABC, PBS, and CNN as well as on several European and Asian television and radio stations.
Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans has performed twice before at Morningside College. They were featured guests for the 2004 Tri-State Jazz Festival and returned in September 2005 for a fundraising concert on their behalf after having been displaced during Hurricane Katrina.
For more information, or to purchase tickets for the March 26 concert, contact Morningside’s Music Department at (712) 274-5210. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the performance.