LOUISVILLE, Ky. – An Asian-American improvisational pianist and a Brazilian saxophone quartet will help lend an international flavor to Jazz Week 2001 Feb. 18-24 at the University of Louisville.

    The eighth annual Jazz Week celebrates America’s indigenous musical art form through concerts, clinics, lectures, workshops and seminars. Many events are free and open to the public. The Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program at the U of L School of Music sponsors the program.

    Featured guest artists will include Louisville pianist Harry Pickens, who will perform with the St. Stephen Baptist Church Choir and U of L’s Jazz Ensemble I Sunday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. at St. Stephen, 1008 S. 15th St.

    All other featured artists will perform at 8 p.m. at the School of Music.

    The McCoy Tyner Trio will perform Monday, Feb. 19.

    Asian-American pianist Jon Jang, who specializes in improvising on traditional Chinese music, will perform Tuesday, Feb. 20. Wednesday’s concert will feature Brazilian sax quartet Com Dominio do Sax.

    John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.