There will be some extra performers at this year's Evening of Jazz event.

There will be some extra performers at this year's Evening of Jazz event.

The Crowder College Foundation's fourth annual jazz night, set for Tuesday, April 30, at the Neosho Civic, will not only include a performance from the Crowder Jazz Orchestra, but will also feature performances from the Neosho High School and McDonald County High School jazz bands.

"That's new this year," said Crowder's Special Events Coordinator Samantha Evans. "We were brainstorming different ways to get some of the younger kids there."

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a pre-event mixer to include wine, and hors d'oeuvres.

Then at 6:30 p.m., the high school bands will take the stage, to open for the evening's headline performers, The Crowder Jazz Band.

"We think it's a great opportunity for them to see CJO and the band members because they just really enjoy music and getting together," Evans said. "We wanted to promote that to the younger kids as well, so they follow their passion and see that it's possible to do what you love."

The Crowder Jazz Band is an 18-piece band, made up of community and professional musicians who have played with big names including Wayne Newton, Henry Mancini and Joe Williams. They are scheduled to take the stage at 7:15 p.m.

The night is about more than music though, as all proceeds raised from the event will go to fund scholarships for Crowder students.

Evans said similar to other Foundation events, such as the annual Festival of Wreaths, the Evening of Jazz will be worked by several scholarship recipients.

"We have the soccer team for sure will be there, they do a great job cleaning up," Evans said. "We will also have servers there that are scholarship students."

She said the girls softball team would also be helping that evening.

Evans said that last year's Evening of Jazz event raised approximately $5,000 for student scholarships.
The Evening of Jazz will also include a hint of sparkle from Matters Jewelry again this year.

For the second consecutive year, there will be 200 diamond-shaped ice cubes for sale, available for $25 each. Those who purchase an ice cube that contains a princess cut cubic zirconia diamond will have the chance to win a 1-carat diamond at the end of the night.

The evening will also feature an art display, with winners of the "En Plein Air" art competition being announced at intermission.

The art competition and Evening of Jazz are part of the Neosho Arts Council's second annual Herman Jaeger Festival, running April 26 through May 5 in celebration of Newton County's famous grape grower.
Select artwork will also be available for purchase at the event.

Tickets for the Evening of Jazz run $30 per seat, or $250 for a table of eight, while general admission balcony seating is available for a $5 donation to the Crowder College Foundation. General admission tickets may also be purchased in advance from the Crowder College Bookstore.

Evans said there is no deadline for purchasing tickets, while area high school band members will be admitted free of charge to balcony seating.

For more information, contact the Crowder College Foundation office at 455-5646.

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The three-day "En Plein Air" painting competition kicks off on Sunday, April 28. The competition is open to all area artists, with a $40 entry fee. Check in for the competition is 7:30-9 a.m. Sunday at the Neosho Civic. For more information, contact Neosho Arts Council President John Mills at 592-0427.