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Songs set to backdrop of film

Jazz vocalist Ashleigh Smith and neo-soul man Quentin Moore, both UNT grads, are featured performers during the third annual Denton Black Film Festival.Courtesy photos
Jazz vocalist Ashleigh Smith and neo-soul man Quentin Moore, both UNT grads, are featured performers during the third annual Denton Black Film Festival.
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UNT alumni take spotlight at film fest concert

Two University of North Texas alumni will get the spotlight during the Denton Black Film Festival.

Established Dallas neo-soul musican Quentin Moore opens for headliner Ashleigh Smith at 8 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St.

The film festival takes a page out of another local film festival — Thin Line — by including music in the proceedings.

Moore is a fluent musician who has played all the instruments on some of his recordings, and a polished singer who draws from old-school R&B and soul to craft original songs that are a rare concoction of timelessness and freshness. He sharpened his way-back chops in Vintage Love in 2009. He funked things up up with You Forgot Your Heart in 2013. He’s mixed soul and jazz in two EPs dedicated to Valentine’s Day. His mixtapes have shown how easily he interprets pop favorites. The Dallas musician is a Sweet Soul Records artist.

Headliner Ashleigh Smith just released Sunkissed through Concord Records. Winner of the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocals Competition, the UNT graduate sang backup for Chrisette Michelle before getting some of the limelight herself. While stiletto-stomping, belting divas are all the rage, Smith keeps things, smooth, quiet and sutble. Her rendition of Hall and Oates’ “Sara Smiles” brings out the jazz in the hit song by the blue-eyed soul Philly duo. Smith calls Dallas home.

Concert tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students. For tickets, festival passes and more information, visit http://dentonbff.com.

— Lucinda Breeding