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More ‘Phactoids’: Dick Lien, Music and Arts, Chili Cookoff, Prof. Moran

The countdown to our 50th anniversary continues. New since our last edition of the Log:
The April 1982 press conference at which UWGB administrators introduced respected, well-liked assistant Dick Lien as the new men’s basketball coach would have broken the internet had it occurred today.
• Prof. Trinidad Chavez had a Sound Idea for a show/jazz choir, and the University had itself a scholarship troupe of musical ambassadors.
Jazz Fest has nearly a 50-year history, and with top alumni including drummer Carl Allen returning to help out, it just keeps rolling along.
• It was Sheepshead Revue for Vol. 1, No. 1 in February 1975. Now Sheepshead Review, the UW-Green Bay literary publication is enjoying arguably its greatest success.
• Care to see a picture of Tim Sewall, who is today an interim administrator in student affairs, being a good sport by wearing a hot icy-silver costume for the 2003 Chili Cookoff? We’ve got it.
• UW-Green Bay has had an impressive recent run of UW System professor-of-the-year honorees. The recognition program began in 1992, and by 1993 UWGB had its first winner: Joseph Moran of Natural and Applied Sciences.
• Time was when UWGB Summer Music Camps held their closing camp concerts behind Theatre Hall (then known as the Creative Communication Building) and borrowed a “stage” in the form of the old Green Bay Parks department’s “Showmobile.” We have a photo.

Also on Saturday, alumni all-stars and Lovell Ives return for Jazz Fest


UW-Green Bay will continue a proud musical tradition Saturday, Feb. 7, presenting Jazz Fest XLV (we think that’s 45) highlighted by a public concert at 4 p.m. at the Weidner Center. Highlighting all that will be guest artist and jazz drummer Carl Allen, a Milwaukee native and UW-Green Bay alumnus, and a set by a UWGB Music alumni all-star band featuring conductor Lovell Ives (professor emeritus) and players:

Saxophone: Woody Mankowski, Marc Jimos, Steve Johnson, Chuck Iken, Kevin VanEss, Lauri DeVillers, Chris Anderson; Trumpet: Nate Behling, Tim Gast, Shawn Postell, Kevin Short, Brad Terrell; Trombone: Andy Zipperer, Bill Dennie, Kelley Glarneau, Steve Bader; Guitar: Matt Hillman; Bass: Paul Sowinski; Piano: Kristin Sponcia; Drums: Carl Allen

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.

Alumnus Allen, event founder Ives to be featured at Jazz Fest XLV

An accomplished UW-Green Bay alumnus will be the featured guest for Jazz Fest XLV, to be held Saturday, Feb. 7 on campus. Carl Allen is a noted jazz drummer who has performed with the likes of Sammy Davis Jr. and Branford Marsalis. A dedicated educator who has more than 200 recordings to his credit, Allen co-founded Big Apple Productions in 1988 and has produced recordings for notable artists and several Japanese labels. He will be joined during the Jazz Fest public concert — 4 p.m. in the Weidner Center’s Cofrin Family Hall — by a special group of UW-Green Bay all-star jazz alumni, directed by Jazz Fest founder Lovell Ives, as well as the University’s Jazz Ensemble. Six high schools from across Wisconsin will take part in the daylong educational and performance event. Our news release has additional information.

Accomplished drummer, UW-Green Bay alumnus Allen to headline Jazz Fest XLV

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will continue a proud musical tradition Saturday, Feb. 7, presenting Jazz Fest XLV on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The 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 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 a special afternoon concert, which also features the UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble and a special guest artist.

Carl Allen

Carl Allen

For 2015, UW-Green Bay Music is pleased to welcome as its guest artist jazz drummer Carl Allen, a Milwaukee native and UW-Green Bay alumnus.

Allen has recorded with artists including trumpeter Freddie Hubbard (for whom he also served as musical director) and has played with such well-known musicians as Sammy Davis Jr. and Branford Marsalis. A dedicated educator who has more than 200 recordings to his credit, Allen co-founded Big Apple Productions in 1988 with saxophonist Vincent Herring and has produced recordings for notable artists and several Japanese labels.

He will be joined during the concert by a special group of UW-Green Bay all-star jazz alumni, directed by Lovell Ives, as well as the Jazz Ensemble.

Tickets for the Jazz Fest XLV concert are $12 in advance, available from the University Ticketing Service and 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.

Concert personnel are as follows:

UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble: Saxophone: Sam Stranz, Alex Munson, Cole Watkins, Kelton Jennings, McKenna VanderLeest; Trumpet: Ryan Loining, Chase Collins, Gatlin Grimm, Em Elman, James Block; Trombone: Cam Collins, Nathan Marhefke, Joe Russett, Alec Haase; Guitar: Matt Hillman; Bass: Gillian Evanoff; Piano: Kyle Sweeney; Drums: Bobby Magers, Isaiah Hernandez.

Jazz Alumni Allstar Personnel: Saxophone: Woody Mankowski, Marc Jimos, Steve Johnson, Chuck Iken, Kevin VanEss, Lauri DeVillers, Chris Anderson; Trumpet: Nate Behling, Tim Gast, Shawn Postell, Kevin Short, Brad Terrell; Trombone: Andy Zipperer, Bill Dennie, Kelley Glarneau, Steve Bader; Guitar: Matt Hillman; Bass: Paul Sowinski; Piano: Kristin Sponcia; Drums: Carl Allen.

Middle and high schools participating in Jazz Fest XLV are: Ashwaubenon High School (Marc Jimos, director); De Pere High School (Casey Schmidt, director); Ellsworth High School (John Kleppe, director); Green Bay Notre Dame Academy (William Hill, director); Oconomowoc High School (Mike Krofta, director); Two Rivers High School (Andy Pagel, director).

Adjudicators for the event are: Jordan Christiansen, Green Bay; Kevin Short, Merrill.

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Gerds: Werner Trio, playing Jazz Fest, produces amazing performance

Wearegreenbay.com Critic-At-Large Warren Gerds had high praise for Saturday’s (Feb. 1) Kenny Werner Trio performance, the culminating event of UW-Green Bay’s Jazz Fest XLIV. “If (you) think I’ve overstated Kenny Werner’s performance, you weren’t there,” Gerds writes. “He’s an amazing musician, just by himself. Playing in a trio reveals him to an even fuller extent — that he and two others can create elaborate jazz tapestries like you and I turn on a light switch.” For Gerds’ full review, and to hear a sampling of the trio’s music in our UW-Green Bay News Jazz Fest preview video, click the links below:
Warren Gerds review
UW-Green Bay news video
 

Gerds previews Jazz Fest, offers history of 44th annual event

Wearegreenbay.com Critic-at-Large Warren Gerds on Wednesday (Jan. 29) posted an extensive story on UW-Green Bay’s Jazz Fest, ahead of the festival’s 44th annual iteration Saturday (Feb. 1). From the early days of the event to big names that have played and what’s unique about the UW-Green Bay festival, Gerds’ story covers a lot of interesting ground. He spoke with Associate Prof. John Salerno, only the second director in the festival’s four-plus decade history. “This is a special group,” Salerno said about this year’s guest artists, the Kenny Werner Trio. “In my humble opinion, it is among the best jazz trios in the world. I think a person who isn’t necessarily a jazz person would appreciate the level of musicianship and empathy these guys have with one another. It’s truly great.” To hear more from Salerno, check out Gerds’ story, along with our UW-Green Bay News video and press release:
Warren Gerds story
UW-Green Bay feature story

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.

New info: Get jazzed for Jazz Fest, this Saturday on campus

We’ve got some additional information about UW-Green Bay Music’s Jazz Fest XLIV, coming up Saturday (Feb. 1) on campus. As we told you here Friday, this daylong educational and music event will culminate with a concert featuring renowned pianist Kenny Werner and his Kenny Werner Trio. It’s well worth taking in the show, which begins at 4 p.m. in the Cofrin Family (main) Hall at the Weidner Center. “I’ve always loved this music,” Associate Prof. John Salerno tells us. “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.” Our full news release has more on the event, including a list of participating schools and additional info about Werner. You can also check out our Jazz Fest XLIV preview video — links to both can be found here:
UW-Green Bay news release
Jazz Fest XLIV preview video

UW-Green Bay to host Jazz Fest XLIV, featuring education and public concert event

The 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.

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