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April 12, 2004 – This Friday's Sunset Jazz in Frederiksted concert will showcase the brassy talent of trumpeter Eddie Russell.
He'll be joined by brother Ronald Russell (yes, the senator) on guitar, Fred Thomas on keyboards, Devin Carrington on bass, Bobby Richards on drums and Ray Iles on congas.
Sponsored by the Frederiksted Economic Development Association. the concert takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Park on the waterfront. It's free and so is the sunset scheduled coincidentally on the horizon.
There are a few park benches for the early birds, but in general it's suggested that concertgoers bring folding chairs or blankets to sit on the grass. With the relatively early hour, it's definitely a family affair. At the same time, those who don't need to rush home to tuck the kiddies in are encouraged to stay in town to dine out and/or indulge in some of the local night life.
Eddie Russell began playing the trumpet professionally at the age of 15. He formed his first group, Eddie and the Playboys, in 1964, then headed off to New York, where he earned an undergraduate degree in music from the City College of New York and his master's from Queens College.
He has collaborated with such music legends as Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Garrison, James Moody and The Mighty Sparrow and can be heard on the "Mr. Bow Tie" CD of jazz bass master Ron Carter. He also is a prolific composer and a music educator.
FEDA presents Sunset Jazz in Frederiksted on the third Friday of each month. The association runs a cash bar to raise funds toward concert production costs, and Hispanos Unidos has the food concession, with proceeds going toward its community projects.
To learn more, send an e-mail to Sunset Jazz, or call 277-7874 or 772-0069.

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