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March 18, 2010

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UT Tyler to Present Jazz Concert Featuring Steve Wiest


The University of Texas at Tyler Department of Music and the UT Tyler Friends of the Arts will present the UT Tyler Jazz Patriots and Jazz Ensemble in concert Tuesday, March 23 at the UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The public concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Featured guest musician is trombone virtuoso Steve Wiest, formerly of the Maynard Ferguson Band and current director of the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band.

The UT Tyler Jazz Patriots, a seven-piece jazz combo consisting of six instrumentalists and one vocalist, will perform with Wiest during the first half of the concert. He will perform with the 17-piece UT Tyler Jazz Ensemble during the second half. Both university groups are directed by Dr. John Webb, UT Tyler professor of music.

Along with standard jazz repertoire, the program will feature two of Wiest’s original big band compositions, Thaditude and Art Appreciation.

Wiest also will give a free jazz improvisation clinic at 11 a.m. that day in the UT Tyler Braithwaite Recital Hall for students of any age interested in learning more about jazz and what goes on in a jazz performance.

In 2009, Wiest was nominated for two Grammy Awards. The UNT One O’Clock Lab band was nominated in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category for its Lab 2009 recording. Wiest received a Best Instrumental Composition nomination for Ice-Nine, a track from the same album.

An associate professor of music, Wiest joined the UNT faculty in fall 2007. In addition to leading the One O’Clock Lab Band, he has taught jazz composition, jazz arranging and jazz trombone and has directed the UNT jazz trombone band, The U-Tubes. He has performed extensively in Australia, Europe, Japan, South America and the United States and recently released the CD, Out of the New with other UNT jazz studies faculty members Fred Hamilton, Stefan Karlsson, Lynn Seaton and Ed Soph.

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 90 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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