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 SRU Jazz Festival to Include High School Jazz Musicians, Saxist Gary Smulyan 

 

SPOTLIGHT

5/2/2006

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

SRU JAZZ FESTIVAL TO INCLUDE HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND MUSICIANS ON SATURDAY;

AWARD-WINNING BARITONE SAXOPHONIST GARY SMULYAN TO JAM WITH STUDENTS

     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –  The Fifth Annual Slippery Rock University Jazz Festival is being hosted on Saturday [May. 6] in Swope Music Hall, with the final concert for the event featuring guest artist, award-winning, saxophonist Gary Smulyan in Miller Auditorium at 7 p.m. Saturday.

      The High School Jazz Band Adjudication Festival will take place beginning with bands performing at 10 a.m. and will continue throughout the day until 5 p.m. There will also be master classes on jazz instruments by some of today's leading jazz musician's including SRU's Terry Steele, Dr. David Glover, Jeff Mangone, and Dr. Stephen Hawk, as well as Steven Snyder, piano, and Paul Ferguson, trombone.  The bands will receive a clinic with an adjudicator as part of their experience as well as receiving taped comments from the judges. 

      Baritone saxophonist Smulyan, a member of the William Paterson University music faculty who has recorded five CDs, is acclaimed as one of the major voices on the baritone saxophone today. As a teenager growing up on Long Island, he had the opportunity to perform with Lee Konitz, Chet Baker, and Jimmy Knepper. In 1978 he was asked to join Woody Herman's Young Thundering Herd, which at that time included Joe Lovano, Marc Johnson and John Riley. He later joined the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra led by Bob Brookmeyer and has recorded and performed worldwide with Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Tom Harrell. Cedar Walton, George Coleman, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Tommy Flanagan, Chick Corea, Diana Ross, Clark Terry, Kenny Wheeler, Charles McPherson, James Moody and Slide Hampton, among others.

     His CD’s include “The Lure of Beauty, Saxophone Mosaic,” “Homage,” “Gary Smulyan with Strings” and “Blue Seuite with Brass,” all on the CrissCross label, and his latest “The Real Deal,” on Reservoir Records. He is the winner of the 1990 Jazz Times Critics Poll, the 1994 Down Beat Readers Poll, the 1998 Down Beat Critics Poll and was recently named winner of the 2004 Jazz Journalists' Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year.

      Outstanding section and soloist awards will be announced at the evening concert. 

      High Schools represented at this year's festival include North Allegheny, Upper St. Clair, State College, North Hills, West Allegheny, and Kiski Area.

      The evening concert will charge $5 admission for adults.

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