UNCW to host JazzFest March 27-29 Reviewed by Momizat on . By Ann Seymour, Events Coordinator, UNCW Department of Music   WILMINGTON, N.C. (March 16, 2015) -- Spring is on the way and so is UNCW’s annual festival c By Ann Seymour, Events Coordinator, UNCW Department of Music   WILMINGTON, N.C. (March 16, 2015) -- Spring is on the way and so is UNCW’s annual festival c Rating: 0
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UNCW to host JazzFest March 27-29

By Ann Seymour, Events Coordinator, UNCW Department of Music

 

WILMINGTON, N.C. (March 16, 2015) — Spring is on the way and so is UNCW’s annual festival celebrating the rich tradition of jazz and its future. The festival features two evenings of guest concerts and a closing concert by high school students.

 

Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, an alumnus of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and charter member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, kicks off the festival on Friday, March 27. The alto saxophonist blends traditional jazz, bebop and swinging sounds in a sweeping blues-inflected style reminiscent of Cannonball Adderly. Anderson studied at Harlem’s famed Jazzmobile workshops, later studying with clarinetist Alvin Batiste at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LaAnderson toured with the Wynton Marsalis Septet to help make some of the most defining music of the late-80s and early-90s jazz revival. For more than 10 years, Anderson was part of Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center, leaving in 2006 to join the jazz faculty at Michigan State University, but remaining the band’s first-string alto saxophonist. Anderson’s sound is a mix of traditional New Orleans jazz and blues styles and can be heard on recordings including “Warmdaddy In the Garden of Swing,” “Live at the Village Vanguard,” “Warm It Up, Warmdaddy!” and “Warmdaddy Plays Ball.”

 

The second night of JazzFest features trombonist Tom Garling and the popular UNCW Jazz Ensemble I. At the age of 20, Garling left his jazz studies at Berklee College of Music to tour with Buddy Rich, and was on the last touring band before Rich died. Garline received a degree in jazz performance and a master’s in jazz composition and arranging at the University of Miami, playing with greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Randy Brecker, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. He later joined Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band, touring for six years as musical director and trombonist.

 

Along with his own album, “Maynard Ferguson Presents Tom Garling,” Garling is featured as soloist, composer/arranger and guitarist on numerous Ferguson albums. He resides in the Chicago area and is highly sought after around the world as a recording artist, composer and arranger, teacher, clinician and professional musician.

 

“I feel so lucky to have been bitten by the music bug early in my life, and as I grow I find that sharing my experiences with others–and having them share theirs with me–brings me great joy. Whether composing, teaching or performing, there is a profound connection between people through music, and it’s very inspiring to me,” says Garling. “I am very much looking forward to being a part of the UNCW jazz festival so that I may once again have that opportunity to connect, engage, inspire and be inspired!”

 

The festival concludes with performances by high school honor jazz ensembles. Hear the future of jazz when Anderson and Garling direct the finest local high school jazz musicians in a free afternoon concert on Sunday, March 29.  Students are selected to the honor jazz ensembles based on nominations by the high school band directors.

 

The festival is directed by Jerald Shynett, UNCW trombone instructor and coordinator of jazz studies. He is an active performer and clinician and performs with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra and the Jazz Surge, a Grammy-nominated jazz orchestra based in Florida. Before coming to UNCW in 1998, Shynett maintained an active career as a freelance trombonist, composer and arranger in Florida. He has performed with Chick Corea, Bob Brookmeyer, Slide Hampton, Nneena Freelon, Gerald Wilson, Ira Sullivan, Vincent Herring, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, the O’Jays, Ray Charles and Liza Minelli, among others. His compositions and arrangements have been performed throughout the country, most recently with jazz ensembles of UNCW, the University of South Florida, the University of Miami and Northwestern University.

 

Performances will be in the Beckwith Recital Hall, located in the Cultural Arts Building on Randall Drive, and begin at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $6 for the general public and free to students with a valid UNCW ID.  Tickets are available at the Cultural Arts Building Box Office one hour prior to performance (no advance tickets).  The concert, featuring high school honor jazz ensembles, begins at 2 p.m. March 29. The student concert is free to all.

 

For more information about the concert, visit www.uncw.edu/music or call 910.962.3415.

 

 

Schedule of events:

Wessell Anderson Quartet

Friday, March 27

7:30 p.m.

Beckwith Recital Hall, located in the Cultural Arts Building on Randall Drive

Tickets: $6 general public / free to students with valid UNCW ID; available at the Cultural Arts Building Box Office one hour prior to performance (no advance tickets)

 

Tom Garling, trombone, and UNCW Big Band

Saturday, March 28

7:30 p.m.

Beckwith Recital Hall, located in the Cultural Arts Building on Randall Drive

Tickets: $6 general public / free to students with valid UNCW ID; available at the Cultural Arts Building Box Office one hour prior to performance (no advance tickets)

 

UNCW Honor Band Festival Student Concert

Sunday, March 29

2 p.m.

Beckwith Recital Hall, located in the Cultural Arts Building on Randall Drive

Free: tickets are not needed to attend

 

 

 

 

 

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