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Youth At Jazz  Photo: Frank Zipperer

Jazz Profile: Youth At Jazz

by Eddie LeShure Youth At Jazz, a music and mentorship program geared toward offering accessible music education to the Asheville area, is hosting its YAJ Summer Workshop from August 4-8. The Youth At Jazz Summer Workshop will be a blend of ensemble playing, music fundamentals, and Masterclasses, featuring an amazing and diverse group of clinicians, …

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Nancy Simmons  Photo: Frank Zipperer

Jazz Profile: Nancy Simmons

by Eddie LeShure “Nancy Simmons is a veteran singer whose impressive technique and command of a wide range of styles have made her a respected member of the Asheville music community. Her skills as a songwriter, pianist and leader of church choirs make her one of the most versatile vocal coaches in the area. From …

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Pavel Wlosok  Photo: Frank Zipperer

Jazz Profile: Pavel Wlosok

by Eddie LeShure “Pavel Wlosok is a Czechoslovakian jewel gleaming in the woods at Western Carolina University. His polished versatility and professionalism in playing/composing/teaching music and in creating his photography, as well as his incredible life journey and outstanding educational accomplishments, make him shine in many directions. It’s a treat to hear him in solo …

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Ben Bjorlie  Photo: Frank Zipperer

Jazz Profile: Ben Bjorlie

written by Eddie LeShure “Ben Bjorlie is one of those rare guys who is comfortable playing any style of music, be it funk, bop, Latin, swing, big band, you name it — always with great feel and sensitivity. But regardless of the genre, he always maintains his own “voice” on the instrument — the sign …

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Eddie LeShure produces “Asheville Jazz Unlimited” each Wednesday 7-10 p.m. on MAIN-FM (103.7/, plus the monthly White Horse Cabaret Jazz Series in Black Mountain. Eddie LeShure also produces a comprehensive website on local jazz,, which includes a weekly newsletter and ongoing WNC jazz calendar.

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