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Jazz groups from Princeton, Juilliard perform, April 22

The top jazz musicians from two educational institutions -- New York's Juilliard School and Princeton University -- will join forces for a big band doubleheader at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the McCarter Theatre Center.

The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, led by Wycliffe Gordon, performs music from across the spectrum of jazz styles -- a broad range that includes originals from band members. Princeton's Concert Jazz Ensemble, directed by Anthony D.J. Branker, is dedicated to the performance of the significant works of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, and has been joined in its concerts by such renowned artists as Slide Hampton, Benny Carter, Phil Woods, Terence Blanchard and Jimmy Heath.

Each group will play its own set and will join forces for a special encore, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's "Far East Suite."

Tickets are $10, $15 and $20 for the general public and $7.50 for students. They are available online or by calling the McCarter box office at (609) 258-2787.

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