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Curtis Stigers: Capital High School Jazz Benefit Concert

Friday, Feb. 21


Jazz fans with a feel for philanthropy are in for a bluesy treat when Curtis Stigers performs at the Capital High School Jazz Benefit Concert.

"The fact that we have Curtis Stigers, Idaho's own Emmy-nominated singer, songwriter, saxophonist, guitarist and Capital High School graduate, giving back to his alma mater and his community is great," said Benjamin Simmonds, chair of the Capital High School Music Department and director of choirs.

Best known for tunes like "I Wonder Why" and "This Life"--the title track of popular television show Sons of Anarchy--Stigers synthesizes jazz, R&B, country and folk, defying listeners to pigeonhole his work into a single genre.

Proceeds from the concert benefit Capital High's music department, and will help with expenses such as festival fees, transportation, instrument repairs and even new music.

"Students are selling tickets themselves, and for each one they sell, part of the proceeds go directly into their own account to help pay for our upcoming tour to San Francisco," said Simmonds.

The event is more than a fundraiser, since it also offers both the Capital Singers and the CHS Jazz Ensemble a rare and coveted opportunity to work alongside a professional musician.

"Honestly, the energy Stigers brings into the classroom is amazing," said Simmonds. "The students are always better musicians after he leaves, and the excitement they get from performing on stage with him is truly special."

If you don't know a Capital High School student, you can call Simmonds at 208-854-4575 to purchase advance tickets.