Musicians keeping Jazz alive in SWLA all year long

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Jazz was alive Sunday night at Lake Charles Central School of Performing Arts. The Jazz In The Arts Foundation closed out their fourth concert of the year promoting jazz in Southwest Louisiana. The special Christmas performance featured local music legends Chester Daigle and Rick Condit.

The concert highlighted Daigle and Condit's new Christmas CD, The Greatest Gift is Love, and local musicians and singers accompanied the duo, including Jay Ecker, Jeff Simon, James Bill, Sylvia Hankin, Verlin Chretien, Yvette Chretien Edwards, Christopher Chretien, and Michael Chretein. The evening also featured a special performance by violinist Jairus Daigle.

Organizers say all proceeds go to help with summer workshops for students and a scholarship for high school graduates who want to continue higher education in music.

"It's not only preservation but future of young jazz musicians and artists. It's essential, especially because in education a lot of music programs are diminishing and in a state like ours we need to continue to promote cultural heritages like jazz that is essential to our culture, but isn't promoted as much in the education system," explained Veronique Cimpson.

Cimpson said stay tuned for the The Jazz In The Arts Foundation's schedule for 2012.

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