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Oct. 3, 2003

CONTACTS: Rick Balestra, 312-2130
Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581,


    OSWEGO -- Workshops, master classes and performances will highlight the third annual daylong Jazz Guitar Festival at SUNY Oswego on Saturday, Nov. 8. The early registration deadline is Oct. 15.

    Rick Balestra, a well-known guitarist and teacher who is an adjunct professor of music at SUNY Oswego, first envisioned the event as a way to bring internationally recognized musicians to the college to share their music and ideas with Central New Yorkers.

    Charlie Hunter, known for his ability to mingle bass and melody lines, will teach a master class at 1 p.m. and lead his Charlie Hunter Trio in a headlining 8 p.m. concert in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre. Hunter has nine albums to his credit in the last decade and has been described as "a musical phenomenon" by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    Gene Bertoncini, renowned for his fluid technique and teaching skills, will lead a solo jazz guitar session at 11 a.m. When not playing, Bertoncini teaches at the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, New York University and the Banff School of Fine Arts. He also will join forces with Paul Meyers, known for his active role with several groups in New York City's Brazilian jazz scene, for a special 2 p.m. concert.

    Another highlight of the day will be a 4 p.m. performance by the Vic Juris Trio. Juris has toured Europe, Japan, Israel and the United States as a jazz guitarist. His CD "Songbook" hit the top 10 in 2000.

    Other activities planned include a reception featuring the SUNY Oswego Jazz Guitar ensemble, a performance by Rick Balestra and Friends, and workshops on subjects including music theory, tips for studio musicians and guitar restoration and customization.   

    Those registering by Oct. 15 will receive a special discount rate for the full program of $35 for the general public, $25 for seniors and students, $10 for SUNY Oswego students. After Oct. 15, the costs will rise to $45, $35 and $15, respectively.

    For more information or to receive a brochure, call the Tyler Hall box office or visit for online registration.

    The SUNY Oswego music department and Artswego present the Jazz Guitar Festival, which is supported in part by the college's student arts fee and made possible by public funds provided by the Oswego County Legislature, as administered by Arts and Culture for Oswego County, with additional support from Speedway Press and Big Apple Music in partnership with D'Addario Guitars.

    WAER Jazz88 Radio and ClearChannel Radio, through its affiliate Y94 FM, provide media support.

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