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March 26, 2008

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Jazz Concert at UT Tyler to Feature Saxophone Virtuoso Edward Petersen


The University of Texas at Tyler School of Visual and Performing Arts will present “Jazz at the Braithwaite” on March 31, Dr. Jeffrey Emge, UT Tyler music program chair, announced.

Free and open to the public, the recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the UT Tyler Braithwaite Recital Hall and will feature University of New Orleans tenor saxophone virtuoso Edward Petersen.

Petersen will perform with the UT Tyler Jazz Combo for the first half of the concert.  For the second half, Petersen will be joined by Tyler area musicians George Faber, piano; UT Tyler faculty member Phil Rumbley, bass; Jeff Shelton, drums; and Dr. John Webb, UT Tyler jazz combo director, flute and alto sax.     

The concert will feature several classic jazz standards and songs by Nat King Cole, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter and Petersen.

The event is made possible by a grant from the UT Tyler Friends of the Arts.

Petersen is the associate chair of music and coordinator of jazz studies at UNO. He teaches applied saxophone, jazz improvisation and directs the UNO Louis Armstrong Quintet.

He has recently performed with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, The Clearwater Jazz Festival, The Kimmell Center, Lincoln Center and at many other venues.

His playing and musical compositions are featured on numerous other recordings, including three Grammy-nominated Blue Note CDs by Kurt Elling, “Close Your Eyes,” “The Messenger” and “Live in Chicago” and several releases under his own name on the Delmark label, including “Upward Spiral,” “The Haint” and “Von and Ed,” which also features the legendary Chicago saxophonist, Von Freeman.

Petersen is an artist/clinician for Boosey & Hawkes/Julius Keilwerth Saxophones, conducting numerous workshops and performances. He received a Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Fellowship in Music Performance in 2002 and is an 11-time recipient of the Special Composer’s Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

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 more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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