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Spotlight on Aura, performing Friday at The Blue Vine

The newly-formed Winston-Salem jazz band Aura will be performing at The Blue Vine this Friday night.
Band members are:
Steve BowersóWoodwinds. Steve is from Winston-Salem. He started on clarinet in grade school and continued on through high school. During college he took up the alto, tenor and soprano saxophones, as well as flute.
After college, he played professionally for several years, then took time off from music to raise a family. He started playing regularly again in 2004, starting out with the group, Freeport. After a while he decided to form his own jazz group…Aura.
John MochnickóPiano.
Upon retiring in 2005 after 35 years of university music teaching, John moved back to Winston-Salem and devoted himself full-time to pursuing his life-long love of jazz. Conservatory-trained at Heidelberg College Conservatory (B.M.), Indiana University (M.M.) and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (D.M.A.), John had distinguished himself as a conductor, both choral and orchestral, composer/arranger (40 published choral works with a total distribution of over 80,000 individual octavos), administrator and teacher, all-the-while, remaining active as a jazz pianist.
Margo MyersóUpright Bass.
Margo is from Winston-Salem. She played guitar in the 70’s and studied at UNC-Greensboro and the North Carolina School of the Arts. She then took a lengthy vacation from music.
This decade finds her playing bass in jazz and blues bands in and around the triad area.
Tim BailyóDrums.
Tim is a native of Winston-Salem. An artist by profession, he has a love for all things creative, and playing drums is one of his favorite creative outlets.
He spent several years with local groups playing a range of musical styles from top 40 and beach to jazz and reggae. nnnAura will be performing 9 p.m.-midnight at The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. There will be a $5 cover charge at the door.
For more information, call 704-797-0093 or visit www.thebluevine.com.

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