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Renowned artists unite with Nanaimo students for night of jazz music

Alexander Claffy and Benny Benack III headlining Jazz Affair
Benny Benack III, left, and Alexander Claffy, U.S.-based Jazz musicians, are joining multiple Nanaimo student groups on stage at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on June 2 for the Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society’s annual Jazz Affair show. (Photo by Marcus Morosan)

Nanaimo-based student jazz groups will be joined by two celebrated American artists at the Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society’s annual Jazz Affair.

On Friday, June 2, internationally known jazz artists Alexander Claffy, a composer and bassist, and Benny Benack III, a trumpeter and vocalist, will headline a show in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre’s Shaw Auditorium with Nanaimo’s own John Lee on drums.

Jazz Affair will also feature some Nanaimo student groups including vocalist Sarah Stevenson, a Wellington Secondary School student who won an excellence in performance award at MusicFest Canada in Niagara Falls, Ont., this month.

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The Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society invites secondary and post-secondary music students in Nanaimo and other mid-Island communities to a workshop with Claffy and Benack at Wellington before the evening’s performance.

General admission tickets to the show are $35, and $25 for students with valid ID. The show starts at 7 p.m.

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