The Winona State University Music Department will present the 10th annual High School Honor Jazz Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre.

This year’s festival will feature guest artist Tom “Bones” Malone.

Friday night’s concert will include performances by the WSU Jazz Ensemble playing several of Malone’s arrangements and featuring him as the soloist.

Saturday’s concert will feature 40 outstanding high school students from 10 area schools. They will also perform alongside Malone.

The festival is coordinated by Rich MacDonald, director of Jazz Studies in the WSU Department of Music.

Tom “Bones” Malone is a performer, arranger and producer best known for his work on the David Letterman Show, Saturday Night Live and with the Blues Brothers both live and in the movies.

He has played on more than 4,000 television shows and plays 14 instruments professionally. Some of his most notable work has been performing, arranging, and/or recording for Tony Bennett, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles and many others.

Tickets for Friday’s performance are $10 for the general public, and free for Friends of Jazz members, senior citizens and students. Admission is free for the performance on Saturday.

For more information email Rich MacDonald at, or go to the music department webpage

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