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Interlochen combos explore the music of jazz pioneer Horace Silver in upcoming benefit concert

If you've ever heard the tune "Song for My Father," you've heard jazz pianist, composer and arranger Horace Silver's groundbreaking work.

Collaborations with jazz icons like Stan Getz, Art Blakely and Blue Note Records helped propel Silver to prominence in 1950s and 1960s as he ushered in a new, blues-influenced era of bebop-style jazz known as hard bop.

On Thursday, Interlochen Arts Academy's jazz combos will perform a concert of Silver's music benefitting the Annette Basler Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The fund was established in honor and memory of a Traverse City High School senior who died in 1990 in an accident caused by a drunk driver.

It provides college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are permanent residents of Interlochen or Green Lake Township.

Listen for a preview of the concert with alto saxophonist Dario Allais, baritone saxophonist Gabe Proctor, pianist Austin Stoddard, bassist Bug Jaffe, guitarist Jack Simpson and Director of Jazz Studies and trumpeter Josh Lawrence.

Interlochen Arts Academy students Bug Jaffe, bass, Austin Stoddard, piano, Jack Simpson, guitar, Gabe Proctor, baritone saxophone and Dario Allais, alto saxophone perform in IPR's Studio A.
Interlochen Arts Academy students Bug Jaffe, bass, Austin Stoddard, piano, Jack Simpson, guitar, Gabe Proctor, baritone saxophone and Dario Allais, alto saxophone perform in IPR's Studio A.

Music performed:

"Nica's Dream" - Horace Silver

"Me and My Baby" - Horace Silver

Learn how to get free tickets to Thursday's concert.

Michael Culler engineered this edition of Studio A.

Nancy Deneen is the host of Music at Midday and Music by Request.