Free Jazz Series Brings Performances to West Virginia


One of the cool and new projects to come out of the renewal of the Old Central City Arts District is the Central City New Music Series.

Started by Ross Compton, who works with the Head Start program in Louisa, Kentucky, the series is about bringing experimental free jazz groups to the Tri-State to add to the depth and breadth of the music scene here in Huntington.

Now, thanks to the efforts of Marshall Professor Mark Zanter and the Marshall University School of Music, two upcoming concerts are scheduled for the Central City New Music Series.

On Feb. 24, the Norwegian jazz band Friends and Neighbors will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Smith Music Recital Hall on the campus of Marshall University. Opening up the show will be jazz bassist and Charleston native Eli Namay.

On March 6, the acclaimed sax, guitar and drum jazz trio Kuzu will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Music Hall. The members of Kuzu will also be hosting a free workshop for the students at Huntington’s Explorer Academy.