Stonewall Resort and the West Virginia Jazz Society are sponsoring a reception and informational meeting on Thursday to determine community interest and support for a major jazz music event this August.
It would be planned for Aug. 23-26 at the resort, and it would link with other jazz-oriented events slated for Clarksburg and Bridgeport on the same weekend.
The proposed three-day event - tentatively called "Summer Jazz In West Virginia" - will be modeled after recent successful productions by the WVJS for Winter Jazz Weekend 2012. It will feature free public performances, educational events and ticketed shows with top jazz artists.
"What we plan to do is present the prototype of the successful event we did in the region in late January, and show how the same thing can work again and be linked to what we've already got going," said Eric Spelsberg, president of the West Virginia Jazz Society. "If the people who come decide they want a successful event, they can have it."
The reception meeting is set from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Maple Room in the Stonewall Lodge. Following the reception, the resort will offer a dining special in Stillwater's Restaurant with live jazz music provided with no cover charge courtesy of WVJS.
The Adam Loudin Organ Trio features Loudin on trumpet, with Kyle Andrews on drums, and Sean Parsons on keyboards. Loudin is a music teacher at Robert L. Bland Middle School in Weston. Andrews is a student at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, while Parsons teaches at Marshall University.
According to organizers, the response at the meeting will be crucial in this year's planning process, and involvement will require teamwork and commitment.
"Any success we enjoy is the result of cooperation by government, private business and nonprofit groups," explained Spelsberg. "It's totally possible and very affordable, but it depends completely on local people stepping forward and getting involved."
For more information about the reception, anyone interested can contact Spelsberg at 304-269-3683 or WVJazzSociety@aol.com.
Stonewall Resort can be reached at 304-269-7000.