Jazz Summit 2009 Grand Finale Concert set for Feb. 28 at Coe College

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2009-02-12 15:08:05 - General

Rod Pierson

Guests artists Tom Giampietro and Rod Pierson will be featured at Coe College's 2009 Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. This year, 69 middle school and high school jazz bands are participating from throughout the Midwest. Award winners will be recognized during the Jazz Summit concert intermission.

Tickets are available by calling the Coe Box Office at 319-399-8600 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, or at the door. Prices are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors.

The Grand Finale concert is the closing event of a two-day jazz festival and clinic, held Feb. 27 and 28. Events held annually at the Jazz Summit include concerts, awards, workshops, and a jazz band competition, which includes more than 1,800 middle school and high school students.

Along with the guest artists, the concert will feature the Coe College Gold Jazz Ensemble, directed by Steve Shanley, a local jazz pianist and music educator.

Guest musician Rod Pierson (saxophone) enjoys the special interaction with people that can only be shared through live music. His experiences include long-term stints with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Guy Lombardo Orchestra. Pierson has performed with many musical stars including Woody Herman, Aretha Franklin, Burt Bacharach, The Temptations and Bob Hope.

Tom Giampietro

Tom Giampietro (percussion) is a Jazz Summit guest musician and educator, who has studied with well-known musicians. As a performer, Giampietro was a member of Grammy-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin's eclectic jazz group the Mu-tet. He has also recently performed with such renowned Bluegrass/American artists as Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott and Missy Raines. An active composer, Giampietro is currently on faculty at Middle Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Northern Iowa.

Music performed by the Coe College Gold Jazz Ensemble will include "Limehouse Blues" by Paul Clark; "I'll Be Around" by Alec Wilder, arranged by Mike Tomaro; "Fruitcake" by Jeff Coffin, arranged by David Joyner; "The Mooche" by Duke Ellington; and "Tall and Lanky" by Jeff Coffin, arranged by Brett Zvacek.

Other numbers on the program include "Cousins" by Vince Guaraldi, "Hangin with Tommy G" by Bob Washut, "Blues in Hoss Flat" by Frank Foster, "Bloodcount" by Billy Strayhorn, and "Terrestris" by Tom Harrell, arranged by Bob Washut.

Held annually the last weekend in February, the Jazz Summit features appearances by leading jazz musicians. The Jazz Summit was founded in 1992 and continues a tradition of jazz festivals at Coe College that stretches back to the 1970s. During this period, the festival has grown from an afternoon event with an evening concert to a two-day festival encompassing clinics, workshops, jam sessions, a jazz band competition, an awards ceremony, and the huge Grand Finale concert featuring the jazz ensembles from Coe College and performances by the guest artists.

Jazz Summit 2009 is sponsored by the Coe College Bands, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the Coe Music Department, with additional support from Friends of Music at Coe. Dr. William Carson the Jazz Summit administrator.

For more information, call 399-8600.