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Jazz at Founders Plaza starts Arlington MLK Celebration

News Release — 21 October 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Cheryel Carpenter 817-459-6404, Lisa Thompson 817-272-2610, Cheryel.Carpenter@arlingtontx.gov, lthompson@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Jazz at Founders Plaza offers a chance to kick back and relax for an inspirational kickoff to a year-long celebration of the life and teaching of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee presents the celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

The free event will feature acclaimed drummer Adonis Rose and the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra, with performances by students from The University of Texas at Arlington and Arlington Independent School District.  

Adonis Rose, UT Arlington artist in residence, is one of the most sought after drummers in jazz today. Hailed by New Orleans Magazine as a "Contemporary Jazz All Star," He has played with top jazz artists including Grammy winners such as trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, vocalist Dianne Reeves and jazz/pop entertainer Harry Connick Jr. Rose leads the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra, which performs standard and original pieces honoring the big band tradition.

The event also will feature child-friendly games and activities, slam poetry and tap dancing. Food and beverages will be sold by local vendors. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the concert on the Levitt lawn.

Upcoming MLK programs include the 2010 Four Day Holiday Celebration Jan. 15-18, 2010, which will include the Sharing the Dream Banquet featuring Guest Speaker Jim Ellis, swim coach and subject of the film "Pride," a step show, a multicultural festival, an Evening of Spoken Word, an ecumenical service, a day of service, and a youth extravaganza.

The Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee was established in 1989 and honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The committee includes representatives from its sponsors, the City of Arlington, AISD, Arlington Ministerial Association, Tarrant County College-Southeast Campus and UT Arlington.

The event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation. 

For more information regarding the event or the Arlington MLK Celebration Committee, visit the Web site at www.arlingtontx.gov/mlk or contact Cheryel Carpenter at 817-459-6404.

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