Jazz Guitar Festival offers concert-only passes

Rez AbbasiSUNY Oswego’s sixth annual Jazz Guitar and More Festival will offer a concerts-only pass to catch three world-class acts on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The pass covers three concerts by diverse guitarists: the 2 p.m. flamenco and classical stylings of Dennis Koster, the 4 p.m. world-jazz vibe of Rez Abbasi (pictured) and the Mike Stern Trio’s rocking take on jazz at 7:30 p.m. All performances will take place in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

Koster has been known for his mastery of both classical and flamenco guitar since the New York Times hailed his 1975 Carnegie Hall Recital Hall debut as “a brilliant, aptly fantastic performance.” Aiming for both an intellectual and passionate presentation, the longtime teacher and performer is widely considered the country’s leading authority on flamenco guitar in part due to his best-selling three-volume method book, “Keys to Flamenco Guitar.”

Born on the Indian subcontinent and educated at both the University of Southern California and Manhattan School of Music, Abbasi brings many influences to his performances. Jazziz magazine has lauded his “invigorating and graceful playing” and “unpredictable and fascinating compositions” as his reputation as a top modern jazz guitarist continues to build through his fusion of Indian and American influences. He will release his fifth album, “Bazaar,” on Nov. 15.

In the more than 30 years since he debuted as the guitarist for Blood, Sweat and Tears at age 22, Mike Stern has earned three Grammy nominations for his blend of jazz, blues, funk and rock. Touring in support of the August release of his 13th album as a front man, “Who Let the Cats Out,” Stern has accrued countless honors and worked with everyone from Miles Davis to the Brecker Brothers. Guitar One magazine noted: “Stern’s intense playing runs from modal noodling and aggressive speed to funky melodicism and muscular string-bending.”

All three artists will also teach sessions at the daylong Jazz Guitar and More Festival, which features a range of musicians offering workshops, master classes and performances geared to educate and entertain players of all skill levels.

The pass that covers the Koster, Abbasi and Mike Stern Trio concerts costs $35 ($20 for students, $10 for SUNY Oswego students).

For more information or to purchase a concerts-only pass, call 312-2141, e-mail tickets@oswego.edu or visit www.oswego.edu/jazzguitar.

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(Posted: Oct 25, 2006)