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Jazz concert to help kids study instruments

A host of University of North Texas music alumni are lining up to take part in a charity jazz concert this weekend.

The concert features two sets of live music starting at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Kitchen Cafe, 7370 Preston Road in Dallas. All proceeds will benefit Music Above All, a student-run nonprofit that promotes music education in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The first set, from 6 to 8 p.m., features the Clay Pritchard Trio. With Jonathan Fisher on bass, Lupe Barrera on drums and Pritchard on saxophone, the trio plays swinging jazz with smarts and playfulness.

Pritchard was born and raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and has played with Emerald City and Snarky Puppy. He was a member of the UNT One O’clock Lab Band as a freshman. Most recently, Pritchard played the sax on the Flo Rida’s hit “Going Down for Real.”

The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Jazz Faculty Combo plays from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

At 8:30 p.m., Justin Pierce and Alex Fraile will commence the “Alto Battle.” Pierce is a saxophonist and a professor at Oklahoma Baptist University. He is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UNT, where he also earned his Master of Jazz Studies.

Fraile, who was born in Spain, has played across the United States. He is finishing his doctorate in jazz performance at UNT, where he plays with the One O’clock Lab Band and teaches private saxophone lessons.

The Stockton Helbing Quintet ends the evening. Helbing has released six albums and has performed and recorded with Maynard Ferguson, Jennifer Holiday, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Denis DiBlasio, Phil Woods and others. In recent years, Helbing has played drums for trumpet player extraordinaire Doc Severinsen.

Reservations are required. Call Tony Hakim at the Kitchen Cafe at 972-818-3400 with name, number in party and which sets you will attend. Tickets cost $15 for a single set, $25 for two.

— Staff report