Jazz, really good jazz, will be front and center in Emporia over the next 16 days.

          Tomorrow night at 7:30 at Albert Taylor Hall on the Emporia State campus the ESU students and the music faculty will display their varied and extensive talents in a “high octane” Jazz Concert to benefit our annual United Way Drive.

          The spot we are running on KVOE says there will be Jazz, Swing, Latin, and Rock! This should be fun!

          Sixteen days later the show will shift to our historic Granada Theater at seven o'clock where Emporia native Jack Mouse and his amazing jazz singing wife Janice Borla will present an evening of Chicago style jazz-like most of us have never experienced.

          Here are comments about Jack and Janice from professional music critics.

          Grady Harp from Amazon said: Jack Mouse is mighty on the drums, on technique and on assembling a group of pros to bring this body of unique music together - this quintet plays their hearts out......

          Sally Evans-Darby wrote about Janice: "(She) Again demonstrates her impressive versatility as a musician… Her sheer vocal audacity… pinpoint precision… striking notes as truly as any instrument (and) her wordless vocalizing, flaunted to full effect…"

          Methinks these kids might be good - October eleventh at seven at the Granada and only $35.00.

          On a side note: Jack and Janice's concert has been totally underwritten so that 100% of the gate will benefit the Granada Theater. The performers started the ball rolling working this event at a very favorable price then the following group covered the rest of the cost: ESB Financial, Candlewood Suites, Emporia's Radio Stations, KVOE, Country 101.7 and Mix 104.9, Marilee Henrikson Donaldson and her husband Richard and Bobbi and Steve Sauder.

          Jack and  Janice will also attend his 55th-year Emporia High School Reunion while here and then on Monday, they will turn into Flash Point Creative Arts the non-profit foundation they started to promote the understanding and practice of improvisation as an essential life skill.

          Working with a Board Certified Music Therapist from Flint Hills Music and Hetlinger  Developmental Services Jack and Janice will conduct workshops all day Monday and Tuesday for youngsters and adults from our area, many with disabilities. This couple recently received a Paul Harris Fellowship from a Rotary Club in Chicago for their work with young people with an autism spectrum disorder.

          Jack and Janice are not only talented, but they are also generous!

          It's really good Jazz to support our United Way tomorrow night at ESU and on October 11th it will be more great jazz this time to benefit our Granada Theater.

          Ba, Ba, Ba Lu! I'm Steve Sauder

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