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Alexander joins ASU for Jazz Week


March 27, 2007
Renowned recording artist and tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander joins the ASU Concert Jazz Band and the ASU New Music Jazz Ensemble March 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. for two exhilarating nights of music that mark the pinnacle of Herberger College Jazz Week 2007, through March 29.

Alexander is considered one of the most talented emerging tenor saxophonists, and his first release “Too Soon to Tell” was voted among the top five albums in 1997 by Jazz Times magazine. He is a veteran of New York jazz clubs who also has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and South America .

“Jazz Week pairs amazing guest artists such as Eric Alexander with the emerging talented students within the Jazz Studies program,” says Michael Kocour, program director. “This year, Alexander, who recorded ‘Stone Blue' with legendary guitarist Pat Martino, brings a new level of artistry to patrons and students alike.”

Herberger College Jazz Week, a tradition for more than two decades, has been presented every spring by the Jazz Studies program. The week is filled with concerts, master classes and special guest artists such as Alexander.

Alexander now can place the esteemed Herberger College School of Music on his global travel list, as he performs at 7:30 p.m., March 28-29, in the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre in the School of Music building on ASU's Tempe campus. Tickets for the shows and all MainStage Jazz series concerts range in price from $7 to $18 and are available at http://mainstage.asu.edu/jazz.htm or through the Herberger College box office by calling (480) 965-6447.

Be sure not to miss other free Jazz Week 2007 concerts held in the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, including:

• March 27; 7:30 p.m., ASU Jazz Repertory Band and ASU Jazz Faculty Septet, with director Michael Kocour and members of the jazz faculty.

The 2006-2007 MainStage Jazz series is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. KJZZ 91.5 FM is Herberger College 's media partner for the series, and Jazz in AZ members can take advantage of special concert discounts by calling the box office.