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Week of February 9, 2005

Tuesday, February 15How much more interesting would college have been if you had a professor who lectured from behind a piano? Imagine learning about the Marshall Plan while your professor plunks away, accenting the key points with jazzy little runs through the upper register.... It coulda been sweet. Maybe if you close your eyes during the Tribute to Jazzconcert at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-516-5446) and think about geopolitical strategy, it will almost seem like you're back in school. It could happen. Pianist Thomas George is currently the chancellor of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and the bassist is UMSL's artist-in-residence, Jim Widner. If you're more of a business/finance major, John Wuest, vice chairman of Heartland Bank, rounds out the rhythm section on drums, and philanthropist Nancy Kranzberg is the pipes in this quartet. That's quite a lineup. Tickets for this unique performance of jazz standards ("Crazy," "S'Wonderful" and "Sweet Georgia Brown" are all on the set list) are $10 to $25. Finally remembering that the Marshall Plan was a bulwark against the spread of communism as well as a viable plan to jump-start economies and infrastructure in a war-ravaged Europe? That's priceless.

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