Billy Childs, American Brass Quintet joining forces at Oswego

Billy ChildsStandouts in two musical genres will perform together at SUNY Oswego when jazz master Billy Childs joins the American Brass Quintet for a 7:30 p.m. show Wednesday, April 2, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

Their local appearance is part of the college’s Artswego Performing Arts Series.

Childs (pictured) earned two Grammy Awards in 2006, as “Into the Light” earned Best Instrumental Composition, while “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” won Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist, for accompanying Sting performing with Chris Botti.
With a sound that incorporates classical into jazz, Childs has several other Grammy nominations to his credit and has worked with the likes of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Gladys Knight and Michael Buble.

“As a pianist, he possesses the improvisational skills and powerful sense of swing one associates with world-class artists,” Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times wrote. “Childs is an inventive composer and arranger whose efforts in those areas consistently expand the dimensions of the jazz genre—and beyond.”

The American Brass Quintet has pioneered and remained at the forefront of brass chamber music since debuting in 1960. The quintet has made more than 45 recordings and commissioned more than 100 works for brass quintet.

The quintet has performed throughout the United States—including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center—and toured North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Along the way, the American Brass Quintet has been hailed as “the high priests of brass” by Newsweek, “positively breathtaking” by the New York Times and “of all the brass quintets, this country’s most distinguished” by the American Record Guide.

Childs and the brass quintet will also present an admission-free interactive informance at 12:40 p.m. April 2 in Rooms 40-41 of Tyler Hall. During the College Hour presentation, Childs will discuss his compositions, and the American Brass Quintet will coach a rehearsal of the Oswego State Brass Quintet.

The artists’ residency work also will include an informance at Fulton High School, supported by the Tarandi Foundation.

The commissioning of a new work by Childs and the appearance of the American Brass Quintet to perform it with him is made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Music Fund.

Tickets for the April 2 full-length evening concert cost $15 ($12 for seniors and children, $7 for SUNY Oswego students). For reservations, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or

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CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581 or

(Posted: Mar 20, 2008)