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Wednesday’s Jazz Ensemble concert spotlights students, Slovak trio

The UW-Green Bay Music program will spotlight student Jazz Ensemble I and the visiting professionals of the Nothing But Swing Trio in a public concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 11) in the University Theatre. Nothing But Swing is a jazz trio from Slovakia. Band members are Klaudius Kováč, piano; Róbert Ragan, double-bass; and Peter Solárik, drums. Jazz Ensemble I under the direction of Associate Prof. John Salerno will perform “It’s Just Talk, ‘Dreamin’ Out Loud,” “La Llama Azul” and “Spain.” Following the break, Nothing But Swing Trio will perform with selections announced from stage. For ticket info and more.

Gerds previews Jazz Fest, on tap for Saturday

Local 5 Critic-at-Large Warren Gerds previewed Jazz Fest XLV in a Tuesday (Feb. 3) blog post, bringing readers information about this “distinctive musical tradition” that will take place Saturday (Feb. 7) on campus. As we’ve told you here before, this year’s Jazz Fest culminating concert will feature drummer Carl Allen, a Milwaukee native and UW-Green Bay alumnus, as well as a special group of UW-Green Bay all-star jazz alumni and the University’s Jazz Ensemble. Jazz Fest founder Lovell Ives will direct the all-stars.

Upcoming: Catch UW-Green Bay’s jazz ensembles next week

UW-Green Bay Music will present an evening of Jazz Wednesday (Nov. 5), when its Jazz I, Jazz II and Vocal Jazz ensembles take the Weidner Center mainstage at 7:30 p.m. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Jazz I Ensemble, both under the direction of Associate Prof. John Salerno, will bookend the evening of performances. In between, student Sam Stranz will direct the Jazz II Ensemble, filling in for the sabbatical-taking Associate Prof. Adam Gaines. Tickets are just $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Check out our news release for more on the evening’s lineup, as well as a complete list of ensemble personnel.

UW-Green Bay gears up for Jazz Fest XLIV, featuring Kenny Werner Trio

jazz-fest-topThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will continue a longstanding musical tradition Saturday, Feb. 1, presenting Jazz Fest XLIV on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. This annual educational and performance event will culminate in a public concert at 4 p.m. that day in the Cofrin Family (main) hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

Since its inception more than four decades ago, the UW-Green Bay Jazz Fest event has drawn middle- and high-school students from across the region for a day of ensemble performances and clinic and master clinic sessions. One or more high school jazz ensembles are selected during the day to perform at the afternoon concert, which also features the UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble and a special guest artist. For 2014, UW-Green Bay Music is pleased to welcome the Kenny Werner Trio, led by namesake pianist Werner and also featuring drummer Ari Hoenig and bassist Johannes Weidenmueller. A musician, composer, arranger and educator who began performing at age 4, Werner has been inspired to explore both the technical and spiritual aspects of creativity. He was awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his seminal work, “No Beginning No End,” a musical journey exploring tragedy and loss, death and transition, and the path from one lifetime to the next. Werner has been part of Jazz Fest before, said John Salerno, UW-Green Bay Associate Professor of Music.

“This is the 44th Jazz Fest and we have an old friend, who’s been here before on several occasions, Kenny Werner,” Salerno said. “And he’s bringing a trio with him — a magnificent trio with Ari Hoenig and Johannes Weidenmueller — and they’ll be playing on Saturday afternoon.”

Tickets for the Jazz Fest XLIV concert are $12 in advance, available from the University Ticketing Service & Information Center — call (920) 465-2400 or visit www.uwgb.edu/tickets. Tickets also can be purchased at the door (Weidner Center box office) for $15. UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

“I’ve always loved this music,” Salerno said. “And even if you don’t know much about it, I think you ought to come out and see what this is about, at least this festival. It’s a good way to start because of the artists that we have.”

Concert personnel are as follows:

UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble: Saxophone: Julio Reyes, Cole Watkins, Sam Stranz, Kelton Jennings, McKenna VanderLeest; Trumpet: Greg Koeller, Chase Collins, Adam Gaines, Gatlin Grimm; Trombone: Michael Hogan, Alex Reed, Joe Russett, Bill Burroughs; Rhythm section: Kyle Sweeney, piano; Matt Hillmann, guitar; Tony Pesavento, bass; Sean Roherty, drums.

Middle and high schools participating in Jazz Fest XLIV are: De Pere High School; Hartford Union High School, Norway, Mich.; North Middle School, Menominee Falls; Notre Dame Academy, Green Bay; Two Rivers High School.

Adjudicators and clinicians for the event are: Jordan Christiansen, Green Bay; Adam Gaines, UW-Green Bay; Craig Hanke, UW-Green Bay; Terry Iattoni, Green Bay; Lovell Ives, Green Bay; Sam Stranz, Green Bay; Tom VandenAvond, De Pere; Chris Salerno, UW-Green Bay.

Big Mouth, UW-Green Bay alumni join students for Jazz Ensembles concert

UW-Green Bay is hosting its first Alumni Reunion Days this weekend, and the school’s Music program will lead the way with a Jazz Ensembles concert at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 1, with student ensembles sharing the bill with top alumni players and their popular local band.

Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns will be special guests for the show in the Cofrin Family Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. It’s the first concert of the academic year for Jazz Ensemble I under the direction of Associate Prof. John Salerno and Jazz Ensemble II directed by Associate Prof. Adam Gaines.

Opening the program is Jazz Ensemble II with the Mark Taylor tune “Stick With It,” which features Bobby Magers on drums. Trumpeter David Blihar gets a solo turn on the next selection, an arrangement of the David Clayton Thomas hit “Spinning Wheel.” Blihar and saxophonist Kyle Hall are featured in the 1939 jazz standard “Harlem Nocturne.” Closing the set is the Victor Lopez composition “You Snooze You Lose,” with Hall as soloist.

Salerno’s Jazz Ensemble I will open with a Dan Gailey arrangement of the tenor-sax ballad “Widow’s Walk,” with students Sam Stranz and Matt Hillmann leading the way on sax and guitar, respectively. Stranz also provides the arrangement for “In Walked Bud” and vocal soloist Maari Erdman on the 1947 Thelonious Monk composition. Next up is a Salerno arrangement of Marcus Miller’s “Hannibal,” featuring faculty colleague Gaines on trumpet and student Julio Reyes on saxophone, followed by the Salerno composition “The Lake Effect,” named to honor his family’s native Manitowoc. The tune features Stranz and Reyes on sax, Hillmann on guitar and Sean Roherty on drums. The final selection, will bring in the Power Tool Horns to sit in on John Coltrane’s hard-bop “Blue Train.”

Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns takes the stage following intermission for a set of blues, jazz and original music. Appropriate for Alumni Reunion Days and a UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensembles concert, the nine-member group has a heavy contingent of former UW-Green Bay players. Performers Friday will include Nathan Behling, Class of 1984, trumpet; Marc Jimos ’91, sax and vocals; Bill Dennee ’91, trombone; Woody Mankowski ‘89, sax and vocals; and Paul Sowinski ’83, bass and vocals.

UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble II personnel are as follows:
Saxophone: Kyle Hall, alto; Kyle Henrickson, alto; Alex Munson, tenor; Kelton Jennings, baritone; Trumpet: David Blihar, Evan Patton, Brandt Bailey; Trombone: Patrick Romanek, Joe Russett, Mike Hogan; Rhythm Section: Anne Reis, piano; Jon Tabers-Kwak, guitar; Matt Hayes, guitar; Gillian Evanoff, bass; Bobby Magers, drums.

UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble I personnel are as follows:
Saxophone: Julio Reyes, Cole Watkins, Sam Stranz, Kadin Dever, McKenna VenDerLeest; Trumpet: Greg Koeller, Chase Collins, Tanner Vodvarka, Gatlin Grimm; Trombone: Michael Hogan, Alex Reed, Joe Russett, Patrick Romanek; Rhythm Section: Kyle Sweeney, piano; Matt Hillman, guitar; Tony Pesavento, bass; Sean Roherty, drums.

Tickets for the Nov. 1 concert are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Call (920) 465-2400 or visit www.uwgb.edu/tickets. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu/music. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, is located at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Guest composer Washut to kick off 360° Thursdays concert series Feb. 7

UW-Green Bay Music is set to kick off its new concert series in a big way Feb. 7, when it features an accomplished arranger and composer in the inaugural 360° Thursdays event. Prof. Bob Washut, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Iowa, will discuss his creative process when the program begins; and the talk will be followed by a performance of his music by the UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble. The 360° Thursdays event is part of the University’s new branding initiative, 360° of Learning, which encourages learning and experience through multiple perspectives. Each 360° Thursdays event begins at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center, and each is free and open to the public (though donations are appreciated). For more on the inaugural event, as well as a complete list of this semester’s 360° Thursdays concerts, check out our full news release.

Ensembles play classic jazz this Friday

UW-Green Bay’s Jazz I and II ensembles will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. this Friday (Nov. 2) in the University Theatre. Up first, the Jazz II Ensemble, directed by Prof. Adam Gaines, will play selections from Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael, among others. The Jazz I Ensemble, under the direction of Prof. John Salerno, will play a variety of pieces including “Lean Years” by Pat Martino and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” arranged by Bob Washut. The group also will perform Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee,” arranged by Salerno. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Full details.

Education, performances to highlight Jazz Fest XLII Jan. 28 at UW-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will continue a proud educational and performance tradition Saturday, Jan. 28, when it hosts Jazz Fest XLII on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The annual event will culminate with a public concert at 4 p.m. that day in the Cofrin Family (main) Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. Continue reading

Jazz Ensemble assists with popular Civic Symphony concert

Prof. John Salerno and members of the UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble helped out with Sunday’s well-received Civic Symphony of Green Bay concert at the Meyer Theatre. The jazz-theme concert got a boost when its Duke Ellington medley opened, writes Press-Gazette critic Warren Gerds, with a “speedy, driving version of “Sweet Georgia Brown” by members of Salerno’s University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble and veteran players.” Read the full review.