SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Jazz vocalist Juanita Williams will perform Saturday, capping off a day of jazz at Shepherd University.
Williams will sing with backing from Shepherd's jazz ensemble at the Frank Arts Center Theater. It is the fifth concert in an ongoing series coordinated by the music department's nonprofit fundraising arm, Friends of Music.
Critics have compared Williams's voice to Aretha Franklin's and describe her sound as bluesy.
Saturday's concert coincides with the Eastern Regional Jazz Festival, a daylong middle and high school jazz competition open to student jazz ensembles in the Eastern Panhandle, said J.P. Lynch, the festival's chair and band director at Martinsburg South Middle School.
Williams will lead a workshop and will give a mini-performance at the Frank Center Theater during the day, said Mark McCoy, chair of Shepherd's music department.