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Old Dominion University graduate Timothy Thurston, an employee of the Office of Admissions, is featured in a promotional spot on WHRO-TV for his performance in the upcoming Norfolk Jazz Festival.

The promo - an interview with Norfolk city councilman Anthony Burfoot and another performer, Tyrone Marquis Smith - features jazz vocals and spoken-word by Thurston, who performs under the name Shakespeareblak. Thurston will sing backup vocals during Smith's performance at 5 p.m. Friday, July 16, and will perform a number titled "Thank You," which appears on Smith's jazz CD "The 5th Seal" and Thurston's CD, "...From Dust."

More information about the jazz festival is available at www.festevents.org. Thurston's Web site is www.cdbaby.com/shakespeareblak.

Since his graduation in spring 2002 with a bachelor's degree in communications and sociology, Thurston has been working on the CD and performing at many different venues hosting spoken-word events in Hampton Roads, including The Underground and Alice Mae's. He conducted an artist's lecture at The Chrysler Museum in September 2003 and has been featured in The Virginian-Pilot, The Mace and Crown and PortFolio Weekly magazine.

This article was posted on: May 12, 2004

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