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ANNUAL JAZZ FESTIVAL TO FEATURE HIGH SCHOOL
AND WORKSHOPS WITH
GRAMMY NOMINEE CONRAD HERWIG
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.
– The fourth annual Slippery Rock University Jazz Festival
will bring eight, regional high school jazz ensembles to
campus Saturday [April 16] along with guest artist and Grammy
nominee Conrad Herwig and a performance by the SRU Jazz Ensemble
under the direction of Dr. Stephen Hawk, associate professor of
music, for a daylong workshop.
The day will
include a 4:30 p.m. public performance by the SRU Jazz Ensemble in
the University Union and featuring Herwig on trombone.
High school jazz
bands from Upper St. Clair, Seneca Valley, North Allegheny and
Kiski Area will each performing for 30 minutes, then receive a
30-minute clinic and attend master classes on jazz instruments from
clinicians and adjudicators including SRU faculty members Dr. David
Glover, Terry Steele and Hawk, who has also hosted the event since
its 2002 inception.
Herwig, a New
York-based jazz trombonist and a member of the jazz faculty at
Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, has recorded 15 albums
as a leader, with his latest on Half Note Records recorded live at
the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City and titled “Another
Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis.” The album
features Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Valentin and Brian Lynch and
Herwig calls it the long-awaited follow up to the 1998
Grammy-nominated “Latin Side of John Coltrain.” He also
has recently recorded solos titled “Land of Shadow,”
“Hieroglyphic,” and “Unseen Universe,”
began his professional career in 1980 with the Clark Terry Big Band
and later joined the Buddy Rich Orchestra for tours of the U.S. and
Europe. He has performed with Slide Hampton’s World of
Trombones and Mario Bauza’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra as well
as with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Mel Lewis, Bob Mintzer, Henry Treadgill,
Miles Davis, Quincy Jones and Frank Sinatra.
An alumnus of North
Texas State University, Denton; Goddard College; and Queens College
in Yew York, Herwig offers master classes, seminars and workshops
at major university and conservatories around the world and is
recipient of performance and teaching grants from the National
Endowment for the Arts.
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