Renowned trumpeter Jenkins to join pair of concerts

Internationally known jazz trumpeter Clay Jenkins will join two SUNY Oswego jazz groups for concerts May 6 and 7.

Jenkins will join the Oswego Jazz Project, the faculty quartet, for a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in the Campus Center auditorium.

The next day, Friday, May 7, Jenkins will be featured soloist for a concert with SUNY Oswego’s Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. in Waterman Theatre, Tyler Hall.

Jenkins, professor of jazz trumpet at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, began at an early age playing with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He gained experience performing with Harry James, Buddy Rich and the Count Basie Orchestra; more recently he has gigged with Dr. John, Miki Coltrane, Rufus Reid and many others. His solo recordings include “Rings,” “Give and Gather,” “Yellow Flowers After,” “Azure Eyes” and “Matters of Time.”

The Oswego Jazz Project concert will include music inspired by the group’s recent research trip to New Orleans and the Bill Evans archive in Hammond, La. Tickets cost $7, or $5 for SUNY Oswego students. Members of OJP include faculty members Eric Schmitz on drums, Robert Auler on keyboards and Trevor Jorgensen on saxophones, with Oswego alumnus Max McKee on bass.

The student Jazz Ensemble’s concert will premiere “Praxis,” composed for the group by Rochester-based composer Russell Scarbrough. Also included will be pieces by Jenkins and ensemble director Schmitz. Suggested donation is $5.

Parking on campus is free evenings and weekends. For more information, call 312-2130.

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(Posted: Apr 27, 2010)