On Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band brings its special brand of jazz, blues and New Orleans ragtime to Eastern's Shafer Auditorium as part of the University's Annual Arts and Lecture Series. The band was organized in 1970 to perform classic jazz, blues and rags with a New Orleans flavor. The ensemble has entertained audiences across America, in the former Soviet Union, Japan, Taiwan and in England. Notable venues include the open-air theater in Disney World; the Boardwalk in Atlantic City; the Galaxy Jazz Festival in Milwaukee; the Embarcadero in San Francisco; and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The five-member group has also performed on numerous radio and television broadcasts across the nation.
This event is free of charge, but seating is limited. Seats can be reserved by calling (860) 465-0036 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veteran journalist Laura Ling wraps up the 2011-12 Arts and Lecture Series on March 13 with a lecture in the Betty R. Tipton Room. Ling is the host and reporter on "E! Investigates," a documentary series on the E! Network that explores such topics as teen suicide and the challenges faced by military spouses.