Jazz Guitar Festival returns Nov. 13

imageIntensive sessions for all levels of musicians, hands-on workshops and performances will highlight the fourth annual daylong SUNY Oswego Jazz Guitar Festival on Saturday, Nov. 13.

The event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., will feature a master class with renowned jazz guitarist Rodney Jones, concerts by the Jonathan Kreisberg Trio and Trio da Paz, and workshops and seminars for beginning to advanced students.

A concert by Rodney Jones and Co., at 7 p.m. in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre, will follow the day of music and instruction. Jazz Guitar Festival registrants can attend the concert at a discount rate.

Rick Balestra, an adjunct professor of music at Oswego, said he first had the idea for the daylong educational event about 10 years ago. With the help of support from Artswego and the SUNY Oswego music department, the festival became reality in fall 2001.

“The combination of excellent music and education-based presentations creates a synergy that makes this a happening and hot festival,” Balestra explained. “Any student of the guitar will find this to be an invaluable festival to put in their calendar and attend year after year.”

Participants can learn more about the basic and more complex aspects of playing jazz, including such styles as Latin, progressive, traditional and Brazilian jazz.

Attendees will learn from a diverse roster of professional musicians and instructors that includes Balestra, Kreisberg, Corey Christiansen, Tom Fittipaldi, Steve Greene, Steve Brown, Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca and Gene Bertoncini.

Jazz Guitar Festival attendees are invited to join a post-event jam session hosted by the SUNY Oswego Guitar Ensemble and Friends.

Instructors and former participants have offered rave reviews for the event, organizers said. “Any student of jazz guitar would benefit greatly from attending the Jazz Guitar Festival,” wrote Dr. Joe Jewell, who chairs the department of guitar at Fullerton College in California. “During the festivals I have attended I have observed a high level of excitement, camaraderie and fun. The classes are intimate and the clinicians are accessible to students not only during classes but also throughout the festival in general.”

The festival is made possible in part by support from the House of Guitars in Rochester, ClearChannel Radio and WAER Jazz 88.

Cost of early-bird registration (by Oct. 30) is $45 for adults, $25 for students and $10 for SUNY Oswego students. After Oct. 30, registration costs will rise to $55 for adults, $35 for students and $15 for SUNY Oswego students.

For more information on the SUNY Oswego Jazz Guitar Festival, call 312-2141, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit the festival’s Web site at http://www.oswego.edu/arts/jazzguitar.

Special room rates are available at the Econo Lodge Riverfront Hotel in Oswego for registrants while space lasts. Participants may call the Econo Lodge at 343-1600 for more information.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Music lessons—A concert by Jonathan Kreisberg and his trio is among the highlights of a full day of classes, hands-on workshops and performances at the fourth annual SUNY Oswego Jazz Guitar Festival on Saturday, Nov. 13.

(Posted: Oct 13, 2004)