Janet Planet Returns to Weidner Center at Jazz Fest 48 with the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay presents Jazz Fest 48 starring Janet Planet on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. Now in its 48th year, Jazz Fest is a celebration of all things jazz. One of the oldest of its kind in Wisconsin, Jazz Fest 48 encompasses a full day of student performances, clinics and master classes. The festival will culminate in student performances at 6 p.m. followed by the professional Green Bay Jazz Orchestra with special guest jazz vocalist, Janet Planet, at 7 p.m.

When the Weidner Center first opened its doors, 25-years ago, Janet Planet played during the opening gala. The Weidner is delighted to welcome her back to the main stage. This spirited and vivacious vocalist has been self-produced and managed for the majority of her 35-year career. Described by New York Magazine as a “sultry vocalist with a vast repertoire of jazz, blues, and standards…with some Bob Dylan thrown in for good measure.” She is the winner of six Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards (WAMI) a member of the WAMI Hall of Fame, and has been recognized by the Grammy Foundation for her recording, “Janet Planet – Just Like a Woman – The Music of Bob Dylan.” In addition to being a performer, Planet is also a teacher, producer, voice-over talent and recording artist.

This year, Jazz Fest 48 presents jazz bands from local area high schools: Auburndale, Green Bay West, Notre Dame Academy and West De Pere.

Bands participating in Jazz Fest, but not performing are Denmark High School, Evansville High School, Green Bay East High School, Preble High School, Pulaski High School, Pulaski Middle School, Two Rivers High School and West De Pere High School Jazz Band II.

Tickets for Adults are $14 in advance, $17 at the door. All students receive free admission. Tickets can be purchased online at weidnercenter.com, from ticketstar outlets or the University Union Information Center, UW-Green Bay.

Green Bay Jazz Orchestra Members:
Saxophone: John Salerno, Ken Barhite, Tom Washatka, José Encarnación and Laurie DeVillers. Trumpet: John Daniel, Adam Gaines, Carisa Lueck, Dan Marbes and Marty Robinson. Trombone: Bill Dennee, Eric High, Bill Hill and Andy Zipperer. Rhythm: Craig Hanke, Danny Leuck, Christine Salerno and Tom Theabo.

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series — Stage Doors. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, call 920-465-2726, 800-895-0071, or follow ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,158 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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