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Library to host three local performers who will showcase unique styles of music and dance

— A trio of talented performers will come together Wednesday at Bud Werner Memorial Library for a night of jazz with a Latin and Spanish flair.

Featuring guitarist Dave Bullard, jazz vocalist Tera Johnson and flamenco dancer Eva Lua, the "Jazz with a Twist of Lime" event will showcase their contrasting backgrounds through original compositions and jazz classics.

This free performance is open to all ages and will begin at 7 p.m. in Library Hall.

"Because jazz is such an age old tradition, it's primarily only acknowledged by older generations but now it's slowly starting to become more popular and recognized among younger kids," Johnson said. "With this event, we want to try and reintroduce that to this community and make it more fresh with the innovative improvisation and different style arrangements."

Bullard was the one who brought the idea of fusing together musical styles and has organized events like this in New York, Maine and California.

"When you bring different influences or people together like this it leaves audiences with something they have never heard before," Bullard said. "You still have that jazz feel but this offers something really different within that with more diversity."

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Bullard has toured nationally and internationally with musicians influenced by a wide variety of music, which has helped him create his own unique style of original compositions. He has been performing at local music venues and events since 1976.

Coming from a more traditional jazz background, Johnson has performed for over 20 years as a professional jazz vocalist and composer. She has also traveled all over Europe, Central America and the Caribbean playing jazz and a wide assortment of blues tunes.

In addition to the musical component of this event, Luna will perform the fast-tempo, Spanish-inspired flamenco. Dancing since she was a little girl in South America, Luna continues to develop her own improvisation techniques for teaching a number of styles from modern to traditional flamenco.

"There is a bridge between what they will play and what I will do with the flamenco but it's definitely different because of the rhythm," Luna said. "You don't find this in any other type of dancing really."

These styles all come from a vibrant background of history and culture that used music and dance as a form of communication and expression of emotion when words were insufficient. Which is what the performers hope the audience will discover by attending the event.

"We should all be exposed to something like this that shows different cultures and performances of traditional dance and music together," Luna said. "I'm hoping that people who have never seen something like this enjoy it."

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

If you go

What: “Jazz with a Twist of Lime”

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 8

Where: Library Hall, Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.