Arts & Culture / Mosaic / February 27, 2013

Knox Rootabaga Jazz Festival headliner wins a Grammy

MusicBassist Ben Williams, who will be headlining the Knox Rootabaga Jazz Festival this April, has recently won a Grammy.

He, along with members of the Pat Matheny Unity Band, was awarded Best Instrumental Jazz Album at the Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 10.

According to an email from Assistant Professor of Music Nikki Malley, Williams is the first Grammy award winner to perform at Rootabaga.

Williams is also the recipient of a number of other honors, including winning the Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition in 2009 and having his album ‘State of Art’ appear on many “best of” lists.

Though he is currently touring with the Pat Matheny Unity Band, Williams will be performing with Sound Effect and the Knox Jazz Ensemble as a part of Rootabaga on Saturday, April 13 at 5 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre. The show, along with all other Rootabaga events, is free to all Knox students.

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Chelsea Embree
Chelsea Embree is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history. She previously served as co-mosaic editor and as an arts and features reporter for TKS. During the summer of 2013, she served as a content intern at The St. Louis Beacon. Chelsea has studied under former Random House copy chief Sean Mills and taught writing as a teaching assistant for First-Year Preceptorial. An avid blogger, she has written extensively about youth in St. Louis and maintains a lively poetry and nonfiction blog on Tumblr. She is also the director of communications for Mortar Board and co-president of Terpsichore Dance Collective.

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