Maplerock Jazz Festival features jazz violinist Zach Brock and The Magic Number

Ashland University’s award-winning Jazz program is proud to present the 2012 Maplerock Jazz Festival slated for Friday, March 16. Along with free performances by area high school jazz ensembles in the afternoon, the event presents a main stage concert at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre featuring guest artist and jazz violinist Zach Brock and his trio The Magic Number.

The afternoon performances are free and open to the public while tickets for the evening concert are available through the Ashland University Box Office at 419.289.5125, 12 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online (additional fees apply) at

One of the most virtuosic and emotive voices of contemporary jazz violin, Zach Brock has followed a path which embraces not only jazz, but also classical, world, and popular music. From critical acclaim as a bandleader to international exposure in collaborations with Stanley Clarke, Grazyna Auguscik, and Frank Vignola, Zach continues to gain admiration from both jazz purists and music enthusiasts alike. Zach’s repertoire includes re-workings of songs by Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Phil Markowitz and Zbigniew Seifert, in addition to an evolving catalogue of his own compositions. His latest CD, “The Magic Number,” offers a telling glimpse of why Zach is being heralded as “the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation.” (Neil Tesser, Chicago Examiner).

The Magic Number is an acoustic trio with Zach on violin, Matt Wigton on bass, and Fred Kennedy on drums, as well as wordless vocals and pitched percussion. The group’s unusual instrumentation allows for a wide variety of sounds, from sparse to dense, and the group’s repertoire is a mix of Zach’s original compositions with original arrangements of modern and classic jazz and pop standards.

FUNNYMAN ON THE WEB – Jim Gaffigan’s online concert special will be available April 18 on his web site. You can watch and download the show for $5. More information on his special can be found here.

In addition, Gaffigan and CBS sitcom “Mike and Molly” star Billy Gardell will appear at The Ohio State Fair on July 25.

You can see the whole fair concert schedule here.

IN CONCERT – Twenty One Pilots will be in concert 6 p.m. April 28 at Newport Music Hall in Columbus.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at

KUTLESS ON CCM COVER – Kutless is on the cover of CCM Magazine, which can be downloaded for free online.

You can download it here.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Tuesday’s View From The Pugh column features national pop culture notes with a focus on faith items. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column).


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