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UT Tyler Jazz Bands in Concert Featuring Saxophonist Brad Leali

November 11, 2011

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The University of Texas at Tyler Department of Music and Friends of the Arts will present the UT Tyler jazz bands in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in the University Center theater, Dr. John Webb, UT Tyler director of jazz studies, announced.

The public concert will feature internationally acclaimed saxophonist Brad Leali, who serves as professor of jazz saxophone at the University of North Texas. Leali will perform with the UT Tyler Jazz Patriots Combo and then with the 18-piece UT Tyler Jazz Ensemble, both under Webb’s direction.

“The program will feature classic arrangements from the jazz styles of Dixieland, Swing, Bebop, Cool Jazz and Smooth Jazz. Bring your friends and family for this exciting musical treat,” said Webb.

A native of Denver, Co., Leali joined the UNT faculty in August 2008. In addition to studio teaching, he teaches jazz performance fundamentals and directs the Three O’Clock Lab Band.

Leali holds a bachelor of arts degree in music education from UNT, where he played with the One O’Clock Lab Band. After earning his master’s degree from Rutgers University in 2005, he was appointed to oversee Texas Tech University’s jazz program. There, several scholarships have been established in his name, including the Brad Leali Endowed Jazz Scholarship.

During his years as one of the top jazz musicians in New York City, Leali was a staple in legendary jazz venues like the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Iridium and Birdland. He also has performed in Lincoln Center in the orchestras of jazz legends Nancy Wilson and Benny Golson and yearly performs as part of the Kennedy Center Honors Program.

Most recently, Leali performed at President Barack Obama’s inaugural celebration “We Are One,” backing up artists such as Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Mary J. Blige and Herbie Hancock.

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 degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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