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  St. Louis Blues Showcase - in Hungary

Seven St. Louis Blues Musicians have been hand selected by Dr. Attila Varga, the commissioned Curator of the Debrecen, Hungary "Jazz Days", to perform a special St. Louis Blues Showcase at the festival this year. The invited group of musicians are to compose a program that would introduce the various aspects of the musical traditions of St. Louis to the Hungarian audience.

The five hour show, which will take place on Friday, September 26 at the prestigious Larvarda Auditorium in Debrecen, is being arranged by Rich McDonough and Dr. Varga. The musicians selected to attend the show are: Rich McDonough, Marty Spikener, Craig Thornton, Matt Murdick, Kim Massie, Gus Thornton and Lew Winer III.

Debreceni Jazz Napok, or Jazz Days in Debrecen, is over thirty years old and held on the last week in September every year. The festival provides a wide variety of music ranging from Dixieland to Free Jazz. The organizers invite two or three world stars each year. So far they have welcomed stars such as The Marcus Miller Band, SBB, The Bill Frisell Band, Wayne Shorter and Lee Konitz as headliners of the festival. This year's headliner, the "St. Louis Blues Showcase" is well anticipated by the Jazz Days Committee and it's Chairman, Gabor Turi, the Deputy Mayor of Debrecen.

In addition to the St. Louis Musicians who will be traveling to Debrecen, Rich McDonough and Dr. Varga are very pleased to announce that they will be joined by Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Kenny Wayne is the hottest boogie-woogie piano player on the international festival circuit and his style of melding traditional blues with boogie-woogie piano will make an excellent enhancement to the showcase.

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