Benny Goodman clarinet fest with Victor Goines

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Goines hopes both the recording and concert should serve to "demonstrate the historic aspects to Benny Goodman, but also the virtuosic aspects. Also the breadth of his music and how he was able to touch so many people with so many different grooves."

Black jazz, Jewish klezmer, European classical and other currents course through Goodman's art, and if the weekend's festival unfolds as hoped, that will be plain to hear.

The Benny Goodman Festival will feature Victor Goines and colleagues in jazz repertoire starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday; panel discussion and screening of "The Benny Goodman Story" at 3 p.m. Saturday; Larry Combs and others in classical repertoire at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Concert tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students; film screening is $10; festival passes are $55 general, $30 seniors; phone 847-905-1500, ext. 108, or visit

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