PRCC 'Jazz Cats' celebrating generation of music

POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Some student-musicians at Pearl River Community College are carrying on a proud tradition of bringing jazz music to local audiences. It's all part of the ensemble known as the Jazz Cats.

"We view ourselves as (public relations) for the college, a lot," said Mike Bass, director of the Jazz Cats. "We try to get out and do things and be seen and be heard."

The group plays a variety of jazz and pop music.

It performs two or three times in the second semester of each school year. Members also perform periodically at local high schools as part of recruiting.

"It's a lot different from any other musical group I've ever been in, it's very stylistic," said Kyle Whitfield, a freshman trumpet player from Picayune.

"I like the style, I like the music, I like the improvisation, I like everything about it," said Josiah Hicks, a freshman saxophonist from Taylorsville.

Recently, the group opened for the Brothers-Nevala-Kozak Trio, a group of music educators who perform together.

And, the Jazz Cats are scheduled to perform again on April 27 at the Brownstone Center on the Poplarville campus.