Jazz and Trombones Featured Saturday at TTU

Posted by Karen Lykins - Monday, March 21 2011
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thumb_Capitol_BonesTrombones at Tech is proud to present its 3rd TTU Trombone Day on Saturday, March 26, with a series of masterclasses and concerts by the members of The Capitol Bones, a jazz group based in Washington, D.C.

Group founder and leader Matt Niess brought together the best jazz trombonists in D.C., an area known for the depth of its trombone bench, to participate in a group dedicated to promoting not only great ensemble playing, but the expansion of the repertoire of this unique medium. Since its inception in 1991.

The Capitol Bones have played throughout the country, including performances at The International Trombone Workshop in Las Vegas-Nevada & Rochester- NY, jazz clubs, Universities and an annual appearance at The Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC. In addition arrangements of jazz standards, The Capitol Bones have added several new works to the jazz trombone ensemble repetoire by such notables as Conrad Herwig, Mike Tomaro, Mark Taylor, Jim Roberts and director Matt Niess.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. with a bass trombone session by Jeff Cortazzo and Jerry Amoury, followed at 10:30 by simultaneous jazz bass, drums, and arranging sessions.

"We are very fortunate that Steve Fidyk, drummer with the acclaimed U. S. Army Blues, will be hosting a jazz drum clinic as part of this year's event," said Joshua Hauser, TTU professor of Trombone and host for the day. "He is one of the best big band drummers around and this is sure to be a great part of the day."

At 1:30, there will be a Jazz Improvisation clinic, lead by Jim McFalls, Jay Gibble and Steve Fidyk. This event and all others during the day are free and open to the public.

The TTU Trombone Choir, Trombones at Tech, will open the evening's performance at 7:30 p.m. in Bryan Fine Arts Auditorium with a few jazz selections before turning the rest of the evening over to the Capitol Bones.

"These guys are fantastic," said Hauser. "I've had the opportunity to hear them several times and they always do an exciting an fun show. Their enthusiasm for music is infectious and you can't help but leave a Capitol Bones performance with a smile on your face.

"As a special treat, we have also invited the bones to perform on Friday evening at Char in downtown Cookeville, where they will be rocking the house from 9-midnight. This presents a great opportunity for the community to hear them in both a club and concert setting. We hope that you can join us!"

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