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Jazzweek 2002 at ASU (March 18-21)


February 28, 2002

WHAT: Jazzweek 2002 presented by the School of Music in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at ASU

WHEN: March 18, 19, 20, 31, 2002, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, Music Building, March 18, 20, 31, 2002; Katzin Concert Hall, Music Building, March 19, 2002

TICKETS: Free admission, no tickets required

INFORMATION: 480-965-TUNE (8863)

Jazzweek 2002 at Arizona State University, March 18-21, brings three noted jazz clinicians to campus to work with students, as well as present concerts showcasing the jazz ensembles in the School of Music in the Herberger College of Fine Arts.

During the day, saxophonist Bob Sheppard, drummer Joe LaBarbera and bass player Jim Stinnett will interact with students in the School of Music, teaching master classes, leading improvisational sessions and rehearsing for the Jazzweek concerts.

Jazzweek evenings are devoted to the concerts. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Doors open one-half hour before a performance. For more information, call the School of Music’s information line: 480-965-TUNE (8863).

Latin Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dom Moio, starts out the concert series on (Monday) March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre in the Music Building. The student musicians will be accompanied by Sheppard on saxophone.

The (Tuesday) March 19 concert features Concert Jazzband under the direction of Sam Pilafian. Sheppard, LaBarbera and Stinnett will all perform. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building’s Katzin Concert Hall.

Jazz Repertory Band takes the stage on (Wednesday) March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre. The group, which is under the direction of Mike Crotty, will be joined on stage by Stinnett and LaBarbera.

Sheppard, LaBarbera and Stinnett appear in concert on (Thursday) March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre. They will be accompanied by renowned jazz keyboardist Chuck Marohnic, who is director of Jazz Studies in the School of Music at ASU and coordinator ofJazzweek 2002.

Bob Sheppard, a graduate of the prestigious Eastman School of Music, is one of the mostly highly respected and well-known improvising artists in the jazz world. He is also in high demand in Los Angeles for session work, having recorded more than 100 television and movie soundtracks. In addition to being an accomplished saxophonist, Sheppard is an impressive multi-instrumentalist who plays flute, clarinet and bass clarinet. Also a composer, his solo recording debut, Tell Tale Signs from Windham Hill Jazz was produced by Steely Dan’s Walter Becker. Currently a member of the Peter Erskine Trio, Sheppard has also toured with Chick Corea, Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan, plus performed with Rickie Lee Jones, Manhattan Transfer, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, Randy Newman and Natalie Cole. He is a faculty member of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Joe LaBarbara is highly respected for his mastery of the drums and its music. Known as a sensitive and thoughtful drummer, he is sought after as an accompanist and as a soloist by his peers. He’s considered one of the top drummers on the mainstream jazz scene today. LaBarbera has played with Woody Herman, Bill Evans, Tony Bennett, John Scofield, Michael and Randy Brecker and, his brother, saxophonist Pat LaBarbera. He is on the faculty at the California Institute for the Arts.

Jim Stinnett plays electric bass, acoustic bass and electronic keyboard. He is on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music where he teaches bass and arranging. A seasoned professional musician, Stinnett plays jazz, classical, pop and funk, and performs around the country, with such groups as the Boston Philharmonic. He is the author of The Music of Paul Chambers and Creating Jazz Bass Lines.

Brennan, with The Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts, can be reached at 480-965-3587 or (mary.brennan@asu.edu). 

Media Contact:
Mary Brennan
480-965-3587
mary.brennan@asu.edu