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An Evening of Jazz with Grammy Award-Winner Kirk Whalum and the Stax Academy Jazz Ensemble

For release: June 1, 2010
For press information, contact Simone Notter Wilson (901) 678-4164

Kirk Whalum, 2011 Grammy Award-winner, will perform in conjunction with WUMR's annual Jazz in June Radiothon, held June 5-12. Pledges may be made by calling (901) 678-4000 or 877-955-5299.

At the closing concert, Whalum will be joined by the Stax Academy Jazz Ensemble. The event will be held at the New Daisy Theatre (330 Beale Street) on Sunday, June 12 from 7-9 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Advance tickets are on sale at online at WUMR and the Booksellers at Laurelwood (387 Perkins Extended, (901) 683-9801) through June 11. Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward the Bob McDowell Fund, established in memory of WUMR's longtime general manager. The fund supports station operations.

WUMR is the only jazz station in the Mid-South. Known as "The Jazz Lover," the 25,000-watt station serves listeners within a 60-mile radius of Memphis. Its playlist blends contemporary and traditional jazz with a touch of fusion, Latin, and New Age music.WUMR, staffed almost exclusively by students and volunteers, serves the area with educational, sports, and community-service programming.

It functions as a learning laboratory for students, providing them experience in announcing, news reporting and writing, talk show hosting, and sportscasting. In addition to on-air positions, students serve in management roles in various departments, including music, production, traffic, news, and sports.

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