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 Area School Jazz Bands, Grammy Winner Randy Brecker in 'Jazz Day at the Rock' 

 

SPOTLIGHT

3/20/2003

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

AREA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BANDS, GRAMMY WINNER RANDY BRECKERTO GATHER AT SRU MARCH 29 FOR ‘DAY OF JAZZ AT THE ROCK’ INCLUDING PUBLIC CONCERT

           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “A Day of Jazz at The Rock,” Slippery Rock University’s second annual jazz festival, will feature 250 jazz musicians from 13 western Pennsylvania high schools and middle schools and offer a master jazz class and public concert by Grammy Award-winner Randy Brecker.

          The all-day event will be held March 29, with the public concert featuring Brecker and the SRU Jazz Ensemble set for 7 p.m., in Miller Auditorium. Tickets are $5. The concert will include presentation of awards earned during the day’s competition. The SRU ensemble is directed by Stephen Hawk, associate professor of music. A number of other leading jazz musicians will be on hand throughout the day offering clinics and sessions with the high school musicians.

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

          Slippery Rock High           Center High    North Allegheny High

          North Hills Middle SchoolKiski Middle School           Sharpsville High

          Seneca Valley High           Kiski High           Pittsburgh All City

          Upper St. Clair           Seneca Valley High           Mars High

          Thomas Jefferson High

          “Jazz Day,” organized by Hawk, brings high school jazz bands to campus for competition and adjudication from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Swope Music Hall. Hawk says, “The day gives high school students the chance to talk with the jazz artists and clinicians. It gives them a chance to ask questions about the profession and the music along with the opportunities to try out various music techniques. It also provides some added incentive to practice.”

          In addition to Brecker’s master class, SRU jazz faculty Terry Steele will offer a session in jazz saxophone, and Dr. David Glover will offer a session in jazz percussion. Jazz artists Dwayne Dolphin will present a session in string bass, and Reggie Watkins will present jazz trombone tips.

           Brecker, who has had his work reviewed by Downbeat, Rapport Magazine, Jazzizz, the Jazz Trumpet Journal, Jazztimes and Billboard, among others, is heavily influenced by Brazilian music. He received the “Best Contemporary Jazz Performance Grammy” in 1998 for his “Into the Sun” release on Concord Jazz, and he has appeared with the Trumpet Summit band, the Jazz Times “Superband” and the Brecker Brothers Acoustic Band, among others.

          Now signed with ESC Records, his latest CD titled “34 N Lex” will be released in April featuring Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Fred Wesley, Ronnie Cuber and his regular working band. He previously released “Hangin’ in The City,” which includes funk/hip-hop and jazz compositions.

          Brecker has been called a “musical pioneer who continues to perform extensively around the world in a variety of settings. His quest for musical excellence while constantly expanding his trumpet style and encyclopedic catalogue of compositions are unparallel.”

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