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College co-ed takes center stage

April E. ClarkPost Independent Staff

A jazz studies major at the New England Conservatory of Music will prove she’s more than just a college kid at this week’s Summer of Jazz concert.Nineteen-year-old Rachael Price, of Nashville, Tenn., the youngest competitor at the 2004 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in Washington D.C., will perform from 7-9:30 p.m. today at Two Rivers Park.”What blew me away about her voice was the maturity and range, along with her playfulness,” said Bob Noone, who helped establish Summer of Jazz in 1985 with wife, Mary. “We’re plowing new ground with her. The clear mastery of her voice and her musical style will impress people of all ages who enjoy music.”Noone said Price, who will sing Broadway tunes and Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday renditions, is an example of the wide-ranging talent the weekly summer concerts offer.”We have the freedom to take some chances on our programming,” he said. “This is going to be a cool performance because of her age. Talk about unvarnished talent – she hasn’t gone through the obligatories or the professional training schools that record companies and agents make musicians go through. Rachael, she’s just so sweet and unassuming.”In the past few years, Price has participated in the High School Grammy Jazz Choir and was a semifinalist at the Montreux International Jazz Vocal Competition. She is now sharpening her vocal skills at the world-famous music conservatory in Massachusetts, and recently released her independent debut CD, “Dedicated To You.””Prior to attending the Conservatory, it was like getting the gist a foreign language,” Price said on her Web site, edkeane.com/RachaelPrice.html. “But not understanding every word. Now I know what each word means and those special nuances.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com


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