Playing in a high school band pays off — just ask Paul Ferguson. The jazz man has made a big name for himself on the local and national scene as a composer, teacher, and lead trombonist and arranger for the the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Plus, he has five CDs under his belt and wrote three musical arrangements for The Drew Carey Show. (No, not "Cleveland Rocks.") So yeah, the dude is kind of a big deal. Tonight, Ferguson is bringing his talents to Tremont's Lincoln Park as part of the Arts Renaissance series, and it won't cost you a dime. Joining him is vocalist Evelyn Wright. Bring a blanket, a chair, or even a picnic. The concert begins at 7 p.m. To hear a sample of Ferguson's music beforehand, go to paulfergusonmusic.com. — Kerrigan
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