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Cami Thompson headlines jazz festival at Pleasant Hill.

Byline: Fred Crafts The Register-Guard

Jazz singer Cami Thompson will apply her four-octave voice to standards and originals as the headliner at the 28th annual Pleasant Hill Jazz Invitational on Saturday.

Thompson, who also starred at the festival in April 2000, will join some 50 middle school and high school jazz groups from around the state at the daylong event, which includes clinics, competitions and concerts.

The action will begin at 10:40 a.m. with a Dixieland clinic and conclude at 7 p.m. with a concert by high school honor groups. Thompson will perform with the Eugene quartet Group Therapy at 4:45 p.m.

All events, which are open to the public, will be held at Pleasant Hill High School.

Entry is by a $9 all-events pass, a $5 day pass (for preliminary competition and noon concerts) or a $7 evening pass (the evening finals concert). Tickets will be sold at the high school. Proceeds will support school music programs.

For more information, call 747-4541.

Thompson has performed at Holland's North Seas Jazz Festival and France's Juan Les Pins Festival du Jazz. A Eugene favorite, she was a headliner last September at the Eugene Celebration and performed in January 2001 at the Hult Center.

Thompson has recorded five CDs.

Pop singer Toni Tenille, who has performed in several musicals with Thompson, once said that "Cami probably has more talent than any performer I know. Her voice does things I can only dream of doing. She has incredible stage charisma and timing, and she's got `that voice.' '

Backing Thompson will be Group Therapy, which for this occasion will have a lineup of Tim Clarke on trumpet and flugelhorn, Paul Biondi on saxes, Bob Boyers on piano, Rob Kohler on bass and Jim Douglas on drums. Thompson, Biondi and Douglas will conduct clinics during the afternoon.

Thompson also will perform with Group Therapy from 8 p.m. to midnight April 26 at SweetWaters in Valley River Inn.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Pleasant Hill Jazz Invitational

10:40 a.m.: Clinic: Dixieland Jazz, Calamity Jazz

10:45 a.m.: Clinic: Saxophone, Paul Biondi

11 a.m.: Clinic: Piano, Vicki Brabham

11:30 a.m.: Concert: Group Therapy

12:15 p.m.: Clinic: Drums, Jim Douglas

12:30 p.m.: Concert: Genesis, vocal ensemble from Mount Hood Community College

1:15 p.m.: Clinic: Vocals, Cami Thompson

3:50 p.m.: Clinic: Vocals, Dave Barduhn

4:45 p.m.: Concert: Cami Thompson, Group Therapy

7 p.m.: Concert: Top high school ensembles
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