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Jazz Concert Featuring Otis Webster and George Faber Nov. 18 at UT Tyler

November 12, 2010

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Hannah Buchanan
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The University of Texas at Tyler

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 Thursday, Nov. 18 at the UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The public concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Featured guest musicians are Dr. Otis Webster, vocalist, and pianist George Faber.

Webster and Faber will perform with the UT Tyler Jazz Patriots, an 11-piece jazz combo consisting of 10 instrumentalists and a vocalist, and then with the 18-piece UT Tyler Jazz Ensemble. Both university groups are directed by Dr. John Webb, UT Tyler professor of music.

The program will feature a number of jazz vocal standards, along with music from Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, the Buddy Rich band, Ray Charles, Booker T and the MG’s and Sam and Dave.

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

Webster has had an illustrious career in performing and academia. The lead singer and musical inspiration of Otis and The Metro Band, Webster has been in show business for more than 40 years. His range and vocal versatility becomes immediately apparent as his musical repertoire crosses over from old standards to country/western to disco and rock.

Aside from appearing with such greats as Glen Campbell, Johnny Mathis and Lou Rawls, Webster has performed in Las Vegas, New Orleans, Dallas and many other cities throughout the country.

Dr. Webster has held a number of posts in teaching and administration at Jarvis Christian College, Prairie View A&M University, among others. He currently is a professor of psychology at Tyler Junior College.

Webster received his master’s and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology with cognates in secondary and higher education from Texas A&M University – Commerce and a bachelor of science degree in physical education and biology from Wiley College.

Known as “King George,” Faber is the most in-demand keyboardist in East Texas, as evident by his phenomenal skills. He has performed with Otis and the Metro Band, Kenny Price, Ronnie Stoneman, Del Reeves, Margo Smith, John Parks, Tom Browne, Bill Cosby, Statler Brothers, Chubby Checker, Persey Sledge, Jon Fedchock, Vince DeMartino, Steve Wiest, Jon Faddis, Idris Muhammad, Charlie Daniels, Oakridge Boys, among others.

Faber has been director of visual and performing arts for the Tyler Independent School District since 2003. He also is the organist and director of the gospel choir at Green Acres Baptist Church.

He previously served various TISD middle schools, as well as UT Tyler, as its jazz band director.

Faber holds a master’s degree in secondary education and a bachelor of fine arts degree, both from Stephen F. Austin State University. He also holds an associate degree from Kilgore College.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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