New York Voices to “Jazzle” during High Country Jazz Festival
During a Friday, June 10 Concert at the Appalachian Theatre
BOONE, NC – The first headliner event of the High Country Jazz Festival takes place at 7:30
p.m. on Friday, June 10, at the Appalachian Theatre when the jazz vocal group New York
Voices takes the stage of the historic venue. According to the Boston Herald, “New York Voices
lives up to its reputation as the most exciting vocal ensemble in current jazz… to collect such
quality voices in one group is rare enough, yet the real trick of New York Voices is how well they
mesh…” Tickets are $34.
Their concert is but one of nearly a dozen free and ticketed events at ten different locations in
Boone and Blowing Rock from June 8 through 12, 2022. Tickets are now on sale via the website
Todd Wright, known throughout the area as “the Ambassador for Jazz in Western North
Carolina,” said, “I first heard the jazz vocal group New York Voices shortly after the group’s
formation back in 1987 and knew immediately that they should be showcased in any jazz festival
with which I had a part. Fortunately, that dream has now come to fruition and I am thrilled to
welcome them to the High Country to ‘jazzle’ (a combination of jazz and dazzle) us with their
New York Voices has refined their musical story to a high art with close-knit voicings, inspired
arrangements, and unparalleled vocal blend. From hard driving swing to lush ballads, you’ll hear
adventurous and meaningful renditions of many of your favorites from the American songbook.
Sponsored by Explore Boone and Mast General Store, the High Country Jazz Festival is a
collaborative project that aims “to host exceptional and engaging jazz experiences for local
residents and regional audiences with proceeds to support arts, education, and civic programs
that enrich our High Country home.”
Additional headliner performances include Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
at the newly-renovated Appalachian Theatre with the Stephen Gordon Trio performing
outdoors under a tent at the Chetola Resort. Additional festival affiliated events will be hosted
by the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, Casa Rustica, High Country Jazz Society, Lost
Province, Ransom Pub, and the Town of Boone. The events include outdoor concerts, late night
jams, jazz lunches, and a popular jazz-themed film.
Individual event sponsors include Allen Wealth Management, Blue Ridge Energy, Creekside
Electronics, Footsloggers, Maureen and David Moses, the Rosemyr Corporation, and Village
Jewelers. Additional support is provided by Chetola Resort, the law firm of Deal, Moseley &
Smith, LLP, Wendy and Mike Brenner, Julie and Bob Gates, Grandfather Winery, the KennedyHerterich Foundation, New River Power & Light, the Town of Blowing Rock, the Town of Boone,
Valle Crucis Conference Center, Watauga Arts Council and other generous individual donors.
Festival media sponsors are the Curtis Media Group and Mountain Times Publications The
Blowing Rocket and the Watauga Democrat, with additional support from WDAV 88.9 and WCNC
88.7 and Yes! Weekly.
The inaugural High Country Jazz Festival kicks off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 with a
public screening of MGM’s classic 1956 romantic musical comedy film “High Society” at the
Appalachian Theatre. This musical remake of the Philip Barry play, “The Philadelphia Story”
stars Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and the incomparable jazz legend Louis
“Satchmo” Armstrong and his all-star band.
This event is followed by two free intimate jazz showcases. From 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June
9, Afternoon Jazz with the Swing Guitars takes place at Lost Province, with a 6 to 9 p.m. A Jazz
Dinner at Casa Rustica featuring local jazz legends Todd Wright and Andy Page. Advance
reservations are suggested as seating is limited.
On Friday, June 10, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) will host a talk entitled,
“Personalities in Jazz: A North Carolina Connection” at 11 a.m. which is free for BRAHM
members and $8 for the public. The Town of Boone is hosting a free event at 5:30 p.m. at the
Jones House in Boone featuring the Todd Wright Jazz All-Stars featuring musicians Todd
Wright on saxophone, Rick Simerly on trombone, Steve Davidowski on keyboard, Andy Page
on guitar, Adam Booker on bass, and Rick Dilling on drums.
For links to purchase seats for the ticketed events, and a complete performance schedule for
the entire festival, please visit the website at www.highcountryjazzfestival.org.
The High Country Jazz Festival is a collaborative program of
The App Theatre, Boone Sunrise Rotary, and the Jazz Studies Program
About the Appalachian Theatre
The mission of the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country is to revitalize and sustain this historic
community touchstone as a quality home for diverse artists and audiences with a special focus on
programs that celebrate our distinctive Appalachian heritage and enhance our capacity to serve as an
economic catalyst for Boone and the High Country. Once a gorgeous 999-seat Art Deco movie house,
the building closed in 2007 and sat empty and gutted for years. On October 14, 2019, the Appalachian
Theatre reopened its doors after a $10 million renovation that brought the distinctive Art Deco details
back to this historic theatre and created a new 629-seat, state-of-the-art, acoustically pristine venue for
live concerts, films, plays, and dance performances. The historic Appalachian Theatre has entertained
regional audiences in the heart of downtown Boone, North Carolina since 1938. www.apptheatre.org
About Boone Sunrise Rotary
Boone Sunrise Rotary brings together business, professional and civic leaders within our community.
Rotary promotes integrity, understanding and goodwill locally, nationally and worldwide. The proceeds
from the festival will further Rotary’s commitment to humanitarian and civic service, and will go directly to
many of the local nonprofit organizations that serve the High Country. www.boonerotary.org
About the Jazz Studies Program
The Jazz Studies Program identifies students with a special interest in jazz, promotes high standards of
jazz performance, and expands the circle of students who have meaningful experiences with jazz during
their college careers. Program support will help provide student enrichment, off-set performance tour
costs, student scholarships, host acclaimed jazz clinicians and the purchase of music and