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UT Tyler Music Program to Present Jazz Concert
Featuring Trombone Virtuoso Steve Wiest

April 25, 2007


The University of Texas at Tyler Music Department and the UT Tyler Friends of the Arts will present Jazz at the Braithwaite on April 30 at the Braithwaite Recital Hall, Dr. Jeff Emge, UT Tyler music program chair and associate professor of music, announced.
           
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Featured guest musician is trombone virtuoso Steve Wiest.
           
Performing the first half of the concert with Wiest will be the UT Tyler Jazz Patriots, a 10-piece jazz combo consisting of nine instrumentalists and one vocalist. For the second half of the concert, Wiest will perform with Tyler musicians George Faber, piano; Alex Blair, bass;

Chauncey Smith, drums; and combo director/saxophonist Dr. John Webb, UT Tyler professor of music.

“Along with standard jazz repertoire, the program will feature two of Mr. Wiest’s original compositions from his Excalibur CD, The Once and Future Groove and Cerulean 12, along with Blue Birdland, presented as a tribute to the late great trumpeter Maynard Ferguson,” Webb said.

Wiest also will conduct a jazz improvisation clinic at 1:30 p.m. earlier that day at the Braithwaite Recital Hall for students of any age interested in learning more about jazz and what goes on in a jazz performance, Webb added.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Arabesque Recording artist Steve Wiest is a featured soloist, composer/arranger and clinician. He has performed extensively in the United States, South America, Australia, Japan and Europe. His new solo CD, Excalibur: The Steve Wiest Big Band was released August 2006 by Arabesque Jazz. Wiest is formerly of the Maynard Ferguson Band and a current professor of jazz studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

For more information, call the UT Tyler School of Visual and Performing Arts, 903.566.7250.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of nearly 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.



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