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Jazz 4 Justice© coming to UMW in November
Jazz concert to raise money for two local groups

FREDERICKSBURG -- The University of Mary Washington this fall will play host to a new event featuring jazz music that will raise money for two local causes.

The event, Jazz 4 Justice©, will occur starting at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 inside Dodd Auditorium on UMW's main campus in Fredericksburg.

For about two hours, students in UMW's Jazz Ensemble will showcase their musical talents for the audience. An informal jam session open to all musicians in attendance will follow the performance.

General admission tickets cost just $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center at 706 Caroline St., Roberson's Music at 1300 Jefferson Davis Highway, Rappahannock Legal Services at 500 Lafayette Blvd. and Creative Music Academy at 7001 Harrison Road. Will-call tickets can also be purchased online at 

Net proceeds from the event will be split between the UMW Jazz Ensemble and Rappahannock Legal Services, an area nonprofit that provides critically needed civil legal assistance for domestic relations and other types of cases. The money will help fund scholarships for UMW music students and legal services for low-income area individuals and families.

Several other Virginia communities have successfully put on Jazz 4 Justice© events over the past decade. All involve partnerships between university-based musical groups and legal-assistance organizations.

The Fredericksburg Area Bar Association and UMW are co-sponsoring the Fredericksburg event.

Companies that are interested in sponsoring the event can contact Paul Simpson, a partner with the Parrish, Houck & Snead law firm and president of the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association. Donations are tax-deductible.

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