Valdosta Daily Times

April 8, 2013

All That Jazz

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University Music has three concerts scheduled to celebrate April as Jazz Appreciation Month.

All of the concerts feature combinations of VSU Music faculty and students and two of the concerts also present guest musicians.

“Each school year, we invite several guest musicians to VSU. The primary purpose is to perform with and teach the students in the jazz ensembles,” says David Springfield, VSU Music Jazz Studies director. “It has always been an important aspect of music, especially jazz, for students to receive instruction directly from the musicians involved in creating the music. Both Chris Vadala and Marvin Stamm have extensive careers both as performers and educators; they are well-respected legends in the jazz world. Bringing these artists to VSU also serves our purpose as a cultural hub of South Georgia. We are able to present world-class performances completely free of charge to the community. We appreciate their enthusiastic support very much.”

With guest musicians and three concerts, it is also important to select the proper music that pays tribute to jazz’s roots and its contemporary sounds.

“The guest artists have selected music that features them as soloists with the jazz ensembles,” Springfield says. “Both Chris Vadala and Marvin Stamm perform many similar concerts at universities and high schools throughout the country, and they have selected music that works very well for those settings. They are also both very generous in featuring not only themselves, but also the student ensembles and soloists. It really will be a collaborative effort between all of us.”

THE CONCERTS

- New Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, Whitehead Auditorium, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood, directed by Joren Cain, with guest soloist Chris Vadala, saxophone. Admission: Free and open to the public.

The director of the University of Maryland’s jazz studies and a saxophone professor, Vadala has performed on more than 100 recordings which includes five gold and two platinum albums, plus two Grammy awards, one Emmy, one Georgie and one Golden Globe Award. He has performed live in all 50 states and has toured the world playing in Canada, Australia, Japan, Philippines, China, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, England, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, and Switzerland. He has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Placido Domingo, Sarah Vaughn, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, Joe Lovano, and many others.

This concert’s program includes Dave Hanson’s “Passado,” Jeff Tyzik’s arrangement of Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Paparelli’s “A Night in Tunisia,” Oliver Nelson’s “Self Help Is Needed,” Tyzik’s arrangement of Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the A Train,” Justin Cockerham’s arrangement of James Williams’ “Alter Ego,” Rob McConnell’s arrangement of Quincy Jones’ “Quintessence,” Tyzik’s “Oliver.”

- Student Jazz Combos, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, Whitehead Auditorium, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood, directed by Tod Leavitt, Paul Campiglia, Joren Cain and David Springfield. Admission: Free and open to the public.

- Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 116, Whitehead Auditorium, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood, directed by David Springfield, with guest soloist Marvin Stamm, trumpet. Admission: Free and open to the public.

Stamm spends most of his time touring and playing jazz. He’s a member of the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, a group featuring several of New York’s finest jazz musicians, Springfield notes. He is also a member of the Inventions Trio and works with students throughout the nation.

This concert’s program includes Duke Ellington’s “Sepia Panorama,” Bill Holman’s arrangement of Tadd Dameron’s “If You Could See Me Now,” Brian Dodd’s “Romanes Eunt Domus,” Jack Cortner’s arrangement of Juan Tizol’s “Caravan,” Cortner’s arrangement of Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island,” Cortner’s arrangement of Kurt Weill’s “Speak Low,” Cortner’s arrangement of Ram Ramirez’s “Lover Man,” Cortner’s arrangement of George Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band.”