Jazz Guest Artist Concert

Don't miss an exciting night of jazz, when special guest artist, the legendary jazz pianist Hal Galper, joins the Shepherd University Jazz Ensemble on the stage of the Frank Arts Center Theater, Saturday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. Galper has performed all over the world with every jazz great and most notably as pianist for saxophonist Phil Woods. A veteran sideman on hundreds of recording sessions, and leader for many of his recordings, this concert is a must!

Under the direction of Brett Lemley, the Jazz Program at Shepherd University has an outstanding faculty including David Marsh, Cam Millar, Ronnie Shaw, Dr. Mark McCoy and Dr. Mark Cook. Each year the group works with a major jazz performer in clinics and concerts. The group has worked with Kenney Werner, Bill Watrous, Paquito D'Rivera, Alan Vizzutti, Ingrid Jensen, Claudio Roditi, Tim Hagans and Juanita Williams. There will be a free master class with Hal Galper at 6:00 p.m. before the concert on February 28 at the Frank Arts Center.

With over 82 recordings to his credit, 20 as a leader in his own right, pianist, composer, publisher, educator, author and touring artist, Hal Galper is best known for his work with Chet Baker, Connonball Adderley, John Scofield and the Phil Woods Quintet. His recordings as a leader with Mike and Randy Brecker are considered among the best. Graduating from the Berklee College of Music at the height of the be-bop era, his reputation grew steadily in the changing environment of jazz. He anchored such bands as The Slide Hampton Quartet, The Lee Konitz Duo, The Stan Getz Quartet and many others. His biography is listed in the National Encyclopedia of Jazz and he has 100 original compositions recorded and published.

Galper is internationally known as an educator. His theoretical and practical articles have appeared in six of Down Beat Magazines editions and his scholarly article on the "Psychology of Stage Fright," originally published in the Jazz Educators Journal, has subsequently been reprinted in four other publications. Fast becoming the last word on the subject, his new book The Touring Musician, A Small Business Approach to Booking Your Band on the Road (Billboard Books) is now into its second printing. Hal is on the faculty of Purchase Conservatory and the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.

He has won a Grammy nomination and a Grammy for his recordings with the award-winning Phil Woods Quartet and Quintet, was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Berklee College of Music, multiple awards For outstanding Service to Jazz Education from the IAJE and has been a recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, The Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation and the New School of New York. Hal Galper's music displays some of the best qualities of mainstream jazz. Hal's ability to select and arrange rarely heard tunes from the standard repertoire, his penchant for lyrical improvisation and his commitment to a dancing, deeply swinging beat, makes his music accessible to a broad range of listeners.

The Shepherd University Jazz Ensemble has performed throughout the East Coast and Europe and is in great demand as a feature band in Jazz Festivals around the globe. Invited to the world-renowned Montreux Jazz festival in 2003, The Jazz Ensemble played throughout Switzerland and Italy on a 9-day concert tour. In 1999, the band took their Ellington Tour to England and France, and most recently toured England in May 2007. In the United States they have been featured at the Longwood, the Blue Ridge, and The East Coast Jazz Festivals, as well as regional festivals throughout Virgina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.

General admission tickets for the Jazz Guest Artist concert are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; $15 seniors, faculty, staff and students 18 and under; free for Shepherd Students and Friends of Music Gold or Silver MAC cardholders. For tickets and information call 304-876-5765 or visit www.sufom.org.