Eastman Jazz Trio to perform March 7

Eastman trioThe Eastman Jazz Trio will showcase years of experience in performing and improvising on Wednesday, March 7, at SUNY Oswego.

The performance, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom, is the next installment of the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

The Eastman Jazz Trio consists of Harold Danko, Jeffrey Campbell and Rick Thompson, who are longtime musicians, creators and educators at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.

Bandleader Danko, a pianist and composer, chairs Eastman’s jazz and contemporary media department. He has shared the stage with Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan and Woody Herman. His work was featured at Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artist” series in Washington, D.C., the Performing Arts Society’s series at JFK Center, the Rochester International Jazz Festival and numerous jazz festivals in the United States and abroad.

In 1995, Danko earned a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to perform his own works in a series of concerts in New York City. He has received numerous ASCAP awards for his unique compositions.

Bassist Campbell, a professor of jazz studies and contemporary media at Eastman, has performed with Marian McPartland, Gene Bertoncini and Rich Perry, and appeared on McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” program on National Public Radio.

He is the summer program director for the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Wisconsin. His music has been called “thoughtful and open, yet groovy and swinging” by Bass Player Magazine with a style that allaboutjazz.com says “bridges the span between melody and rhythm.”

Drummer Thompson is an associate professor of jazz studies and contemporary media at Eastman. He has toured with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and the Count Basie Orchestra.

A former semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Drum Competition, Thompson has recorded with Latin music legend Tito Puente, singer Bobby McFerrin and renowned pianists like Bill Dobbins and James Williams.

SUNY Oswego music faculty member Eric Schmitz will host the show and perform with the Eastman Jazz Trio.

Members of the group will perform selections and answer audience questions at an admission-free informance during the March 7 College Hour at 12:40 p.m. in Room 41 of Tyler Hall.

Tickets to the evening performance of the Eastman Jazz Trio cost $15 ($10 for seniors and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students). For information or reservations, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or tickets@oswego.edu.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Trusty trio—The Eastman Jazz Trio will perform the next installment of SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom. The trio consists of longtime musicians and educators at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. From left are members Rich Thompson, Harold Danko and Jeffrey Campbell.

(Posted: Feb 14, 2007)