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Singer Angela Hagenbach from KC chosen for annual concert

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Jazz Fest headliner chosen

By SUSAN THACKER Staff Reporter, Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune

Christmas may be the next big holiday on the horizon, but music lover Robert Feldt said it’s not too early to be thinking about another annual event — the 12th Great Bend Jazz Festival.

This year’s Jazz Festival, set for the evening of Jan. 28, 2006, in the Crest Theatre, features vocalist Angela Hagenbach from the Kansas City area, as well as the local Prairie Winds Jazz Group and the Great Bend High School Jazz Band.

Feldt, one of the founders of the Jazz Festival, saw Hagenbach perform in K.C. and agreed with such reviewers as Joe Milliken at Goldmine magazine, who called her “a vocal force to be reckoned with.”

“She’s a tremendous performer,” Feldt said.

Praised by reviewers around the world, Hagenbach’s professional music career was launched in 1990 after a career as an international fashion model. A songwriter as well as a singer, she has been compared to Sarah Vaughan or Shirley Horn for the way she “inhabits a song and breathes new life into her carefully selected material.” Hagenbach showcased her Latin side with an album in 1995 and won rave reviews for her theatrical debut when she co-starred in “Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies,” presented in 2002 by the Theater League of Kansas City.

In 2004, Hagenbach released her latest recording, “Poetry of Love,” a star-studded disc featuring jazz legends Clark Terry and Jimmy Heath, among others.

The Jazz Festival has brought in some major performers over the years, Feldt said, while featuring regional musicians as well.

The local Prairie Winds Jazz Group is made up of musicians from the community and Barton County Community College.

This year the Jazz Festival also awarded its first scholarship.

“In keeping with our mission to promote jazz music in our community and to encourage young people to be involved with jazz, we gave a scholarship of $1,000 to a graduating senior at Great Bend High School in 2005.” The scholarship went to Kelli Brooks.

Future scholarships will be awarded to a senior in good standing in the GBHS band and jazz ensemble.