OSWEGO -- An internationally renowned lineup of jazz
performers and educators will present clinics and concerts for
scholastic musicians during the first-ever Oswego County High School
Jazz Weekend March 19 and 20 at SUNY Oswego.
The weekend will serve as a kind of tune-up for a
weeklong Jazz Institute at SUNY Oswego in July. These intensive
hands-on educational opportunities are "something I've wanted to do for
a long time," said Rick Holland, an assistant professor of music at the
college and coordinator of the two programs. "I've always wanted an
event like this that has enough diversity to please the people it could
Presenters at both the March weekend and July
institute will include Holland on trumpet, big band, jazz history and
combos; Grammy-nominated saxophonist Kerry Strayer on combos,
improvisation and theory; Scott Gwinnel on jazz piano, musical
instrument digital interface (MIDI) and combos; Carl Cafagna on
saxophones, repertory orchestras, combos and improvisation; Earlie
Braggs on trombone, combos and improvisation; David Rosin on rhythm
section techniques, bass and combos; and Marion Felder on drums,
percussion master classes and combos.
In assembling his all-star cast, Holland wanted
people who were talented players and responsive educators. "I feel like
I have guys around me that can do an outstanding job," he said. "We
feel like this group can offer anything a student interested in jazz
Registered student attendees to date include members
of eight bands from the Fulton, Hannibal, Mexico, Oswego and Phoenix
school districts, Holland said.
Between the jazz weekend in March, the jazz
institute in July and the college's established Jazz Guitar Festival in
the fall, this collaborative effort can distinguish SUNY Oswego as a
beacon for jazz educators, players and fans, Holland said.
He added that cooperation and support from the
college's Office of Continuing Education, which is helping to
underwrite the weekend and institute, and Professor Julie Pretzat and
the music department
have been instrumental in making the events come together in a short
General admission to the jazz weekend costs $5, $3
for seniors and students. Activities include clinics and classes from 1
to 5:30 p.m., and a special clinical performance by the Kerry Strayer
Septet on Friday, March 20, as well as a full day of performances,
workshops, rehearsals and a lunch on Saturday, March 21.
A public performance by the Kerry Strayer Septet at
8 p.m. March 21 in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre will culminate the
weekend of activities. Tickets for this show cost $12, $10 for seniors
and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students. A select Oswego County high
school ensemble will open the concert.
For reservations for the Saturday night Strayer
concert, contact the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.