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CMA Jazz on Main Features Trombonist and Columbia Native Ron Westray

Jazz on Main Artistic Director and Musician Noel Freidline

Westray joins the Noel Freidline Trio for popular concert series

Friday, November 20, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.

Columbia, SC – The Columbia Museum of Art’s next concert in the CMA Jazz on Main series features special a guest, trombonist Ron Westray. Westray, a native of Columbia, joins Artistic Director Noel Freidline and his trio for one unforgettable performance on Friday, November 20. Westray is best known for his work as lead trombonist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He has appeared in concert with legendary artists such as Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, and more. In 2009, Westray was named the Oscar Peterson Chair in Jazz Performance at York University, Toronto.

“We are so pleased to be able to bring Ron Westray back to his hometown of Columbia,” says Freidline. “It has been a number of years since Ron has performed in locally and I am tickled to death that we have a venue and series such as Jazz on Main to bring him back and feature his immense talent in front of a hometown audience.  It is definitely going to be a great show.”

Based out of Charlotte, N.C., Noel Freidline and his band have opened for many jazz legends, from Dave Brubeck to Rosemary Clooney. His repertoire brings out the best of every subgenre of the jazz world, including the swing, show tunes, and everything from soulful and edgy reinterpretations of Patti Page to Africanized arrangements of Simon & Garfunkel. The Noel Freidline Trio’s sound is characterized by sophisticated arrangements that always retain a playful element of spontaneity.


Upcoming concerts in the 2015-2016 season:

  • Vocalist Maria Howell – Friday, January 22, 2016
  • Saxophonist Nelson Rangell – Friday, March 25, 2016


Doors open at 7:00 p.m.Concert at 7:30 p.m. Cash Bar. CMA Galleries will be open until 7:00 p.m.

Season Tickets: $160/ $120 for members

Individual Seats: $35 / $28 for members / $5 students

Premier Table Seating:

$300 6 guests & 2 bottles of wine

$200 4 guests & 1 bottle of wine


Freidline is available for interviews. For more information about Freidline, visit noelfreidline.com

To learn more about Ron Westray, visit http://www.bluecanoerecords.com/ron-westray.html.

Tickets and program information can be found at columbiamuseum.org.

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