Gifford Foundation offers Jazz Guitar Festial scholarships

Thanks to support from the Gifford Foundation, scholarships are available for jazz guitar students from Oswego and Onondaga counties to attend the SUNY Oswego Jazz Guitar and More Festival on Saturday, Nov. 11.

This daylong event includes tiered workshops for all levels from beginner to expert. It includes two daytime concerts: one by Dennis Koster, an accomplished flamenco and classical-style guitarist; the other by the Rez Abassi Quartet, a group notable for its world-jazz fusion guitar that draws upon Indian music for inspiration.

The headliner for this year’s festival is the Mike Stern Trio, whose grooves harness a variety of styles including funk, rock, blues and jazz.

The Rosamond Gifford Charitable Corp. supports a wide range of cultural, artistic and community service organizations around Central New York.

Scholarship applications are available from the college’s Artswego office by calling Mary Avrakotos at 312-4581 or by e-mailing More information about the Jazz Guitar Festival is available online at

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CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581 or

(Posted: Oct 18, 2006)