FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 26, 2010
CONTACT: Tim Musselman, 615-898-2493, or email@example.com
TROMBONIST DAVIS HEADLINES 2nd CONCERT IN MTSU JAZZ ARTIST SERIES
(MURFREESBORO)—Jazz trombonist Steve Davis will perform with members of the MTSU jazz faculty in the second of three concerts billed as the 2009-2010 MTSU Jazz Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in Hinton Hall of the Wright Music Building on the MTSU campus.
"Steve Davis is currently at the forefront of jazz trombone," said Don Aliquo, professor of saxophone and jazz coordinator for the MTSU School of Music. "His respect for the tradition while being among the most consistently creative soloists has made him recognizably among the best in the world."
Widely regarded as one of today's leading improvisers on the trombone, Davis has worked with the bands of jazz pros such as Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea's Origin and the cooperative sextet One For All. He also has appeared in Downbeat magazine's readers’ and critics’ polls numerous times, winning the Rising Star Trombone Category in 1998.
In recent years, Davis has been leading his own bands with more frequency, including an all-star quartet featuring renowned pianist and frequent collaborator Larry Willis (Alone Together/Mapleshade 2006) and his new Outlook Quintet featuring Mike DiRubbo (alto sax), David Bryant (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass) and Eric McPherson (drums).
An in-demand music sideman, Davis is featured on 100-plus recordings. In recent years, he has worked regularly with a broad variety of jazz icons such as Larry Willis' Quintet, Freddie Hubbard and The New Jazz Composers Octet, Slide Hampton, The Jimmy Heath Big Band, Cecil Payne, Horace Silver and Wynton Marsalis' Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
MTSU jazz faculty performing with Davis—who was nicknamed "Stevie-D" by the late Jackie McLean—will be Aliquo (saxophone), Jamey Simmons (trumpet), Jim Ferguson (bass), Joe Davidian (piano), Jim Ferguson (bass) and Tom Giampietro (drums).
For more information on this and other concerts in the MTSU School of Music, please visit the www.mtsumusic.com or call Tim Musselman at 898-2493.
Tickets: Admission to the Feb. 11 concert is $15 at the door and free to MTSU students and staff with valid MTSU IDs.
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With three Nobel Prize winners among its alumni and former faculty, Middle Tennessee State University confers master’s degrees in 10 areas, the Specialist in Education degree, the Doctor of Arts degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. MTSU is ranked among the top 100 public universities in the nation in the Forbes “America’s Best Colleges” 2009 survey.