By Matt Wickstrom
This weekend, Lexington will host the second installment in a new music series geared to help the city celebrate and remember its rich history in jazz music – a genre that organizers feel has been underserved in the community in recent years.
The first installment of the Origins Jazz Series took place in October, but the series has been taking shape since this summer, when Richard Young, graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and former executive director for the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, reached out to Lyric Theatre executive director Donald Mason. Inspired in part by the University of Kentucky’s longstanding Spotlight Jazz Series – which departed in 2002 after 35 years – Young pitched Mason on an idea to bring a new jazz series to Lexington. Mason gleefully accepted, and after the two enlisted further help from Shawn Gannon (founder of the local Soulful Space series), local musician Eli Uttal-Veroff, Chester Grundy (founder of the aforementioned Spotlight Jazz Series) and others, the series took flight.
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