Wednesday, November 01, 2006


CONTACT: Tim Musselman, 615-898-2493

Trumpeter’s Original Works Cited Internationally, Aliquo Says

(MURFREESBORO)—Renowned trumpeter and jazz composer Tom Harrell will kickoff the eighth annual Jazz Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the T. Earl Hinton Music Hall in the Wright Music Building on the MTSU campus.
The concert will feature Harrell performing his award-winning compositions with both the MTSU Jazz Ensemble I and the MTSU Jazz faculty in a small group setting.
"Harrell has been at the forefront of the jazz trumpet for the past several decades,” said Don Aliquo, MTSU coordinator of jazz studies and professor of saxophone. "His compositions are beautifully written and are known throughout the world for their sophistication and originality."
Trumpeter Harrell has recorded as a bandleader since 1976. Along the way, he’s racked up numerous jazz magazine awards, including prizes for top composer and trumpeter, a Grammy nomination for his 1999 big-band album titled “Time's Mirror” and a "Best Jazz Album of the Year" from Entertainment Weekly, the latter of which called
Harrell “the premier trumpeter of his generation.”
"What Harrell [does] is spin out improvisational lines filled with instant melodies,” wrote one Los Angeles Times critic. “Like a lyricist who illuminates phrases with subtle internal rhymes, Harrell's soloing captivates both the hearts and the minds of his listeners.”
The MTSU Jazz Artist Series is offered each academic year and typically features three concerts. In addition to the Nov. 2 concert, this year’s series also will feature A-P-S-9 on Feb. 2. Rounding out the series, and in conjunction with the MTSU Jazz Festival, will be an April 14 performance by trumpeter Snooky Young, which will also feature Clay Jenkins and the MTSU Jazz Ensemble I. All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the T. Earl Hinton Music Hall.
The MTSU Jazz Artist Series brings internationally renowned jazz artists to the region for performances and educational workshops. Past guest artists have included some of the most important jazz musicians and educators in jazz history including Benny Golson, David Liebman, Eric Alexander, Bob Mintzer and Dick Oatts, and Grammy-award winning artists Slide Hampton, Tim Hagans, Peter Erskine, Rufus Reid and Randy Brecker.
Last year's MTSU Jazz Festival, held in conjunction with the Jazz Artist Series, featured esteemed jazz clarinetist Eddie Daniels.
"Committed to jazz education, we are proud to present this unique concert series to Middle Tennessee," Aliquo said.
•TICKETS: Individual tickets are $15 at the door. MTSU students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with a valid MTSU ID.
For more information on Tom Harrell or the Jazz Artist Series, contact Tim Musselman at 615-898-2493.

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