The University of Wisconsin-Parkside kicks off its annual Jazz Week celebration Monday with Adam Nussbaum’s “Leadbelly Project.”

World-class musicians and jazz experts will entertain and inform audiences during this weeklong celebration of the musical genre that is hailed as one of America’s original art forms.

Events are open to the public, and many of these events are free. All performances in Bedford Concert Hall.

This year’s Jazz Week events are:

Monday (March 18): Adam Nussbaum’s “Leadbelly Project,” 7 p.m. in Bedford Concert Hall. Nussbauam is “one of the finest drummers working today,” according to Jazz Week organizers. Nussbaum has been involved with many other prominent artists from several generations and has recorded hundreds of tracks, including the Grammy-winning “Don’t Try This At Home.”

Tuesday (March 19): The Josh Berman Quartet, 7 p.m. in Bedford Concert Hall. Berman “has been an essential contributor to Chicago’s active improvised music scene,” according to Jazz Week organizers.

Wednesday (March 20): Kris Davis & Borderlands Trio, 7 p.m. in Bedford Concert Hall. Pianist-composer Kris Davis was named the 2017 Rising Star Pianist by Downbeat magazine and was dubbed one of music’s top up-and-comers in the 2012 New York Times article “New Pilots and the Keyboard.”

Note: The Monday-Wednesday performances are free, with question-and-andwer sessions with the performers after each concert.

Thursday (March 21): Jazz composer and musician Greg Ward along with acclaimed dance administrator, performing artist, choreographer, and educator Onye Ozuzu, 7 p.m. in Bedford Concert Hall. The performance is a new live music and dance work based on one of the most acclaimed jazz records of the 20th century, Charles Mingus’ 1963 album “Black Saint and the Sinner Lady.” Ward and Ozuzu’s performance is called “Touch My Beloved’s Thought.” General admission is $10; $5 for senior citizens, students and UW-Parkside faculty and staff.

Friday (March 22): The UW-Parkside Jazz faculty are featured performers for the Noon Concert Series in Bedford Concert Hall. This free, one-hour noon concert will feature Russ Johnson on trumpet, Chris Madsen on saxophone, Jim Sodke on piano, Tim Ipsen on bass and Dave Bayles on drums.

Friday (March 22): The UW-Parkside Jazz Ensemble and local high school jazz ensembles, 7 p.m. in Bedford Concert Hall. The UW-Parkside jazz group will perform alongside several high school jazz ensembles from Bradford, Indian Trail, Tremper and Wilmot high schools. General admission is $10; $5 for senior citizens, students and UW-Parkside faculty and staff.

Saturday (March 23): Grammy-nominated guitarist and vocalist Henry Johnson, 7 p.m. in Bedford Concert Hall. Johnson has performed and recorded with numerous critically acclaimed artists over the years, such as Dizzy Gillespie. His latest group is comprised of piano, sax, bass and drums. They’ll be performing some jazz favorites and original songs. This show is sponsored by S.E. Wisconsin Hearing Center Inc. The concert is free; contributions to UW-Parkside music scholarships will be accepted.

More information about Jazz Week events can be found on the website, www.uwp.edu/Jazz. Note: Bedford Concert Hall is located inside UW-Parkside’s Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities on the west side of the campus, 900 Wood Road.

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