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Roswell Jazz Festival announces schedule

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It is Roswell Jazz Festival Time! The year of hard work comes to a close next week with the presentation of our 12th annual world class jazz event, Oct. 18 through Oct. 22. With 30 great musicians and lots of free concerts, this may just be the best one yet!

RJF 2017 official schedule

(Subject to change) *Denotes band leader.

Wednesday Oct. 18

The Liberty – 312 N Virginia Ave.

7:30 p.m. The New Breed Brass Band

Stellar Coffee Co. with Beer by Milton Brewing – 315 N. Main (rear entrance)

9:00 p.m. Blues and Brews

Chorné; Francis*; Unsworth; Malichi; Barrett. FREE

Thursday Oct. 19

Reischman Park – 218 N. Main St. FREE

5-6:00 p.m. New Impressions Trio

Warren; Malichi*; Unsworth.

Pecos Flavors Winery & Bistro – 412 W. Second St.

7:30 p.m. Xcel Energy Presents Warren Vaché

W Vaché*; Barth; Peplowski; Redd (d); Tate.

Friday, Oct. 20

Reischman Park – 218 N. Main St. FREE

10-11:30 a.m. Carl Sonny Leyland

Leyland*; Malichi; Wakeling; Barrett.

Chaves County Courthouse – 400 N. Main St. FREE

12:00 p.m. – Meet the Musicians

Allred; Andrews; Barrett; Barth; Dickerson; Elkins; Francis; Fuller; Leyland; Malichi;

Goldsbury; Person; Peplowski; Phillips; Redd; Sandke*; Shearer; Simon; Hal Smith;

Hill Smith; Tate; Unsworth; A. Vaché; W. Vaché; Wakeling; Warren.

Reischman Park – 218 N. Main St. FREE

2-3:30 p.m. – Mack Goldsbury*

Malichi; Unsworth; Warren.

Pecos Flavors Winery & Bistro – 412 W. Second St.

5-6:30 p.m. – 400 Penn Plaza presents Roger Dickerson and Michael Francis;

Dickerson*; Francis; Simon; Hal Smith; Russ Phillips; Hillary Smith.

Peppers Grill and Bar – 500 N. Main St.

5-6:30 p.m. – Kay McMillan presents Jazz on the Patio

Leyland*; Allrted; A. Vaché; Malichi; Elkins; Sandke; Tate; Hillary Smith.

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art – 409 E. College Blvd.

Jody Leonard Presents An Evening of World Class Jazz

7 – 7:40 p.m. – Richard Dowling: The Art of the Piano

7:50 – 8:30 p.m. – The Three Bones w/ Special Guest Hillary Smith

Barrett*; Allred; Phillips; Fuller; Wakeling; Malichi; Hill Smith.

8:40 -9:20 p.m. – Ken Peplowski

Peplowski*; Fuller; Wakeling; Redd (d)

9:30-10:10 – Ernie Andrews

Andrews*; Simon; Fuller; Redd (d); Sandke.

10:20 – 11:00 p.m. – Houston Person

Person; Simon; Barth; Allred; Malichi.

Saturday, Oct. 21

Roswell Museum and Art Center Bassett Auditorium – 100 W 11th St.

9:00 a.m. RJF School of Jazz Workshop FREE

ENMU – Portales Jazz Band; Roswell High School Jazz Band.

Reischman Park – 218 N. Main St. FREE

10-11:30 a.m. Hillary Smith

Hill Smith*; Barth; Wakeling; Phillips; Peplowski; Redd (d); Sandke.

11:30 a.m. -1 p.m – Curt Warren

Warren*; Malichi; Tate; W. Vaché; Peplowski; Allred;.

1 – 3 p.m. Dixie Traditional

Francis; Shearer*; Elkins; Leyland; Barrett; Sandke; Hal Smith; A. Vaché.

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art – 409 E. College Blvd.

Hannah Ginsberg and Dave and Sandy Barrett Present An Evening of World Class Jazz

7:00 – 7:40 p.m. – Richard Dowling: The Art of the Piano

7:50 – 8:30 p.m. – Chuck Redd with Special Guest Hillary Smith

Redd* (v); Barth; Malichi; Sandke; Hill Smith; Wakeling.

8:40-9:20 p.m. – Allan Vaché, RJF Guest of Honor

A. Vaché*; W. Vache; Barth; Tate; Hal Smith (d); Elkins; Allred.

9:30 – 10:10 p.m. Ernie Andrews

Andrews*; Simon; Fuller; Redd (d); Peplowski.

10:20 – 11 p.m. – Houston Person

Person*; Fuller; Redd (d); Simon.

Sunday, Oct. 22

First United Methodist Church – 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

10:30 a.m.– Worship in Jazz Free Concert

Dickerson; Elkins; Francis; Gordon; Otero; Shearer; Hal Smith; A.Vaché.

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art – 409 E. College Blvd.

2 p.m. RJF Richard Dowling

For more information, visit roswelljazz.org.

Michael Francis is the executive director of the Roswell Jazz Festival.