Thursday, January 22, 2015

TODAY! FIU's Jazz at the Wertheim Series w/ John Fedchock AND 2015 Festival of Jazz


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Jazz at the Wertheim Series: Grammy-nominated jazz artist John Fedchock and the FIU Studio Jazz Big Band and Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7:30pm, $5-10 (Free for festival participants)
Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall
Grammy-nominated jazz artist John Fedchock  will join the FIU Studio Jazz Big Band led by Jim Hacker and the FIU Faculty Jazz Ensemble for an evening of his original compositions and arrangements of some of your favorite jazz standards.
More about John Fedchock: John Fedchock’s illustrious career in jazz has spanned over three decades. Since his emergence on the scene in 1980, Fedchock has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a Grammy-nominated arranger. An in-demand performer and writer in New York City for over twenty years, his multifaceted talents have led him to become one of NYC’s premiere jazz artists.
His critically acclaimed John Fedchock New York Big Band has become a marquee group, showcasing Fedchock’s trombone and arranging as well as the band’s all-star soloists. The band’s four CDs for the Reservoir Music label, “New York Big Band”, “On The Edge”, “No Nonsense”, and “Up & Running”, have all received high praise from critics, and extraordinary success on national jazz radio charts. “New York Big Band” and “On The Edge” both earned 4 1/2 star reviews in DOWNBEAT magazine and were listed in DOWNBEAT’s “Best CDs Of The 90’s”. The success of the band also resulted in Fedchock’s name appearing in DOWNBEAT’s Readers Poll under the categories of Trombone, Arranger and Big Band, simultaneously for several consecutive years. In recognition of his formidable arranging skills on “No Nonsense”, Fedchock was honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” for his exciting chart on “Caribbean Fire Dance.” The JFNYBB’s 2007 release, “Up & Running,” spent eight weeks in jazz radio’s Top Ten, with the New York Times applauding the band’s “Cheerful Syncopation, Served With Spit-and-Polish Precision.” His small-group project for Reservoir, “Hit The Bricks” appeared in DOWNBEAT’s list of “Best CDs of 2000″, and features special guests along with showcasing Fedchock’s “incomparable trombone playing, which seems to have no limit, technically or musically” ( Attention from the recording inspired the creation of the John Fedchock NY Sextet, which has performed throughout the U.S., and at international jazz events. For more information click here.
“…dazzling trombone virtuosity…”
“As a soloist, Fedchock’s playing is simply phenomenal. Flawless technique, a melodic approach, and a warm, lush tone are trademarks of his improvisational style. Fedchock achieves a sense of freedom and ease in his playing that defines true artistry.” 

“…a superior jazz trombonist…”
-Leonard Feather, LOS ANGELES TIMES

2015 Festival of Jazz Bands

Saturday, February 7, 2015 beginning at 12:00pm
Free admission to high school performances and clinics
Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center

The FIU Festival of Jazz Bands, now in its third consecutive year, will take place at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 7th from 12pm until 9pm.
The festival is a FIU community initiative designed to prepare local area high school jazz bands for their upcoming annual festival performances. Each year, eight to ten bands are invited to each perform three pieces for faculty and guest clinicians, who then critique and workshop directly with the students. Afterwards, the performances and workshops are also recorded and given to the band directors.
According to festival director Jamie Ousley, “The FIU Festival of Jazz Bands is important to our community because South Florida has become a major center of jazz education, which includes excellent middle school jazz programs, national award-winning high school jazz bands, and at least 8 vibrant college jazz programs. Jazz is an important American artistic contribution to the world, and it’s exciting to see south Florida cultivating the next generation of artists.”
Participating schools this year include New World School of the Arts, Felix Varela, Southwest Miami, Palmetto Senior, Miami Senior, Hialeah, Robert Morgan, and Ronald W. Reagan-Doral. The public is welcome to attend all high school performances and clinics at no charge, including a master class given by Grammy-winning John Fedchock. Joe Donato from the Miami Jazz Cooperative will serve as MC for the festival.
The festival will conclude with a concert at 7:30pm featuring esteemed jazz artist John Fedchock, the FIU Studio Jazz Big Band directed by Jim Hacker, and the FIU Jazz Faculty Ensemble. 

FIU Faculty Adjudicators:
Gary Campbell, saxophone and coordinator of jazz studies 
Jim Hacker, trumpet and director of the studio jazz band
Michael Orta, piano
Jamie Ousley, bass and festival director
David Fernandez, saxophone and festival assistant director
Rodolfo Zuniga, drums
Tom Lippincott, guitar
Chad Bernstein, trombone
Cisco Dimas, trumpet


Thursday, February 12, 2014 ~ 7:30pm

Rudolfo Zuniga's Surface Quartet

Wednesday, April 8, 2014 ~ 7:30pm

FIU Studio Jazz Big Band

Directed by James Hacker

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Master classes are open and free to the public!
Free parking for evening events at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center

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