Tuesday, January 4, 2011

UNF Jazz Faculty/Alumni Group performs at JEN in New Orleans

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Jazz Education Network Conference (JEN)New Orleans, LA, January 7, 2011, 1:00 p.m. “The Blue Room”

The University of North Florida Jazz Faculty/Alumni Group
Featuring legendary alto saxophonist Bunky Green

J.B. Scott (trumpet), Lisa Kelly (vocals), Lynne Arriale (piano),
Dennis Marks (bass), and Danny Gottlieb (drums)

The University of North Florida, Department of Music
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224
The University of North Florida Jazz Faculty/Alumni Group
Featuring legendary alto saxophonist Bunky Green
J.B. Scott, Lisa Kelly, Lynne Arriale, Dennis Marks, and Danny Gottlieb
Long recognized as 1 of the top collegiate jazz programs in the country, established under the leadership of the late great Rich Matteson in 1986, UNF has earned numerous accolades by students and faculty. Today’s performance includes esteemed, award-winning UNF faculty and alumni, each highly regarded jazz artists and educators.   
Bunky Green/Director of Jazz Studies: Touted as one of the six most important alto saxophonists of the modern era, first appearing with Charles Mingus, Bunky has performed with other luminaries including Louie Bellson, Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, Andrew Hill, Yusef Lateef, Elvin Jones, and Ira Sullivan. He has 11 highly acclaimed recordings as a leader, has been featured on 8 others with Elvin Jones, Clark Terry, Travis Shook, Sonny Stitt and Eddie Harris, and has been featured on UNF recordings and videos. Bunky’s recording, Healing the Pain, won the coveted Down Beat Magazine 5 Star Award. He served a term as the president of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) inducted into the IAJE Hall of Fame in 1999, and into the Down Beat Hall of Fame for Jazz Educators in 2003.

J.B. Scott
: The 1st graduate of the UNF jazz program, Alumni J.B. Scott then earned his Masters at FIU, while studying with the great Arturo Sandoval. Beginning his career with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus (Japan), J.B. later became the musical director and cornetist with the world-renowned Dukes of Dixieland for over 3 years. J.B. was featured on two CDs, the PBS special A Salute to Jelly Roll Morton and performed with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. He has performed with such major artists as Al Hirt, Paquito D’Rivera, Ken Peplowski, Red Hollaway, Eddie Higgins, Jeff Hamilton, and Lynn Seaton. J.B. is an Assoc. Professor of Jazz Trumpet and directs the UNF Jazz Ensemble 1.

Lisa Kelly
: UNF alumni Lisa Kelly was an unprecedented 5 time Down Beat Magazine Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition winner, and the 2000 IAJE Sisters In Jazz vocal winner, singing in the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center, the IAJE Convention New Orleans and opening for Nicholas Payton at the Vienna State Opera House. She has been the featured vocalist with UNF Jazz Ensemble 1, the Larry Elgart Orchestra and the St. Johns River City Band. Lisa has appeared with such notables as Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle, Bill Allred and Ed Metz, Jr., has been featured on numerous recordings, TV and radio commercials. She teaches voice privately, is well known for her clinics in mentoring vocal jazz, presenting regularly at FMEA/MENC, JEN, jazz camps, and school programs. Since 1997, Lisa and J.B. Scott have been musical partners, releasing 5 well-received CDs, co-leading several groups (small group to big band), performing internationally as solo artists, clinicians and adjudicators, for jazz clubs to music festivals. They were recently featured in the book, “The New Face of Jazz.” 

Lynne Arriale
: Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Lynne has performed worldwide with her trio over the past 15 years. Highlights include performances at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center, Jazz At Lincoln Center, Diet Coke’s Women in Jazz Festival, The Gilmore Piano Festival and other international festivals including Cannes MIDEM, Burghausen, Stuttgart, Spoleto Arts, Monteux, Montreal, Sardinia, and Australia’s Perth and Brisbane Jazz Festivals. As part of Japan’s “100 Golden Fingers” tour, Lynne performed with jazz legends Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Junior Mance, Monty Alexander, Roger Kellaway, Ray Bryant, and Cedar Walton. The Lynne Arriale Trio's 10th release, LIVE, won the German Record Critics Award for its CD/DVD of their 2005 Burghausen Festival performance. In August ’08, Lynne presented an extraordinary new lineup of iconic musicians on her new CD/DVD, Lynne Arriale – The Bennett Studio Sessions. She recently toured with the “Nuance” group (Randy Brecker, George Mraz and Anthony Pinciotti). Lynne is currently Assist. Prof. of Jazz Piano at UNF and was recently featured on the cover story of JazzEd Magazine.

Dennis Marks
: Is one of the most in-demand bassists on the jazz scene, playing with Arturo Sandoval for years. He has performed with many of the great musicians of today, including Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Maynard Ferguson, and Pat Metheny. Dennis has appeared on Sandoval’s last 6 recordings, including the Grammy-Award Winning: Hot-House. For My Passion for the Piano, he wrote two of the compositions. He has performed at almost every major jazz festival during the last several years, including the JVC Festival in New York, the Playboy Festival in L.A., and the North Sea Festival in Holland. In 1996, Dennis recorded his debut album Images on the Fantasy/Contemporary label. This album, containing all original compositions, has received much critical acclaim. Dennis has been very active in the educational field, haven taught at Florida International University for 9 years, at the University of Miami for two, and now as an Assoc. Prof. at UNF.  

Danny Gottlieb
: One of the most popular jazz drummers in the world, a founding member of the original Pat Metheny Group, Danny has performed and recorded with some of the greatest names in music, including Gary Burton, Gil Evans, Sting, Bobby McFerrin, John Mclaughlin, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and the GRP Big Band. His performances include the IAJE Convention in Toronto; NAMM Convention, U.S. Military benefit concerts with bass playing actor Gary Sinise (and wife Beth Gottlieb on percussion), including a concert at the Pentagon and Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. and a live DVD featuring the NDR Big Band of Hamburg, Germany. A long time student of legendary jazz drummer Joe Morello, Danny’s teaching experience includes Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, and the University of South Florida, Tampa. A graduate of the University of Miami, Danny brings 30 years of professional experience and musical diversity to UNF as the Assoc. Prof. of Drum Studies.

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