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KVLU hosts 'An Evening of Jazz with Gerald Beckett'

Lamar University public radio KVLU (91.3 FM) will host “An Evening of Jazz with Gerald Beckett” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 11. The concert featuring Beckett, who has been hailed as “one of the best jazz flautists in the business,” will be at Bistro LeMonde in Beaumont.

Originally from Beaumont, Beckett is a graduate of the University of North Texas. After earning his degree, he immersed himself in the jazz scene and studied flute at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Yada Weber. He also studied classical flute with Esther Landau and has conducted jazz flute master classes in San Francisco and Paris.

Beckett has performed in jazz venues across the country and has produced three albums. The most recent, “Standard Flute,” is available at summitrecords.com. “Flute Vibes,” produced in 2006, was a Grammy nominee for “Best Jazz Instrumental Album.”

“The flute brings a unique sound to jazz,” said Jason Miller, host of KVLU’s program, “Afternoon Jazz.” “Gerald showcases the many facets of this instrument in the genre.”

Pre-sale concert tickets are $20 per person, and are available at www.klvu.org. Tickets at the door will be $30. All proceeds benefit KVLU, a non-profit radio station licensed to Lamar University. Bistro LeMonde is located at 3199 Dowlen Road in Beaumont. Concert tickets will also cover general admission to the 7th Annual Beaumont Jazz + Blues Fest at the Beaumont Civic Center Saturday, May 12.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

For more concert information, go to www.kvlu.org or call (409) 880-2275.