Jazz Night at Shepherd University

Come join us for a great night of Jazz at the Frank Arts Center Theater, Tuesday, April 10 at 8:00 PM, with the Shepherd University Jazz Ensembles and Lab Band, under the direction of Dt. Kurtis Adams, and Jazz Combos, under the direction of Dr. Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis. A wide range of exciting music will be performed, featuring works by Maria Schneider, Hank Levy, Chris Potter, and many others. The Jazz Ensemble will perform a special piece called Hang Gliding by Maria Schneider. Entirely about movement, Hang Gliding is an impression of Schneider’s experience of hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro—the suspension, grace, lift and acceleration accompanied by the rush of apprehension and exhilaration.

Originally from Tennessee, Dr. Kurtis Adams moved to Boulder after receiving his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Tennessee Tech University, to pursue his Master of Music in Performance and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies from the University of Colorado. As an integral part of the Colorado music community, he performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and the 9th & Lincoln Orchestra and shared the stage with great musicians including Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Greg Gisbert, Pat Bianchi, Jeff Jenkins, Brad Goode, Peter Sommer, and Paul Romaine. As a member of the Jazz Ensembles at CU, he performed with guest artists such as Joe Lovano, Conrad Herwig, Jiggs Whigham, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, and Bob Mintzer. In 2005, Downbeat Magazine named Adams College Co-winner for Best Original Composition for his composition "Instable Mate?" and in 2007 he was selected to participate in the Paquito D'Rivera Latin Jazz Workshop performing with the Grammy-winning saxophonist at Carnegie Hall in New York. While on the music faculty at Gordon College, Dr. Adams continued as a freelance performer in Atlanta, Georgia. He was Visiting Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Boise State University before joining the Shepherd University music faculty in the fall of 2010 as Director of Jazz Studies.

Dr. Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis is an award-winning Washington, DC-based composer whose past and current projects include performances by the Chesapeake Orchestra, the Left Bank Quartet, saxophonist Noah Getz, flautist Molly Barth, and upcoming commissions by the Inscape ensemble, and the piano and saxophone duo Six Impossible Things. His music has been called "a kind of kaleidoscope...each moment bringing a shift in the harmonic feel and flow, from jazzy licks to piled-up counterpoint to independent chords."-the Washington Post. Speaking in the River Gazzette, composer David Froom says "he has an unerring sense of how to make a really good sound, and how to put a piece of music together." Recent awards and accolades include a 2006 Walsum prize in composition for his string quartet Quinta Corda, a River Concert Series commission for large orchestra and narrator celebrating the 375th anniversary of the founding of the Maryland colony (2009), and an American Music Center CAP award (2009). Originally from Rising Sun, MD, Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis attended Ithaca College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2004 with a B.M. in composition, and then went on to be a University Fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park obtaining his D.M.A. in composition in 2008. During this time he also studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique-Alfred Cortot in Paris, France, was an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts studying with composer/musician Henry Threadgill, and completed a masterclass with various Italian composers at the Alba International Music Festival in Alba, Italy. At Shepherd, Dr. Lincoln-DeCusatis teaches composition and jazz piano, as well as several courses including Music Theory and Electronic Music Media.

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. 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 Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. They are regularly featured in the Friends of Music annual Tuxedo Junction gala.

General admission to Jazz Night is $10 for adults, $5 for students, faculty, staff, and free to Shepherd students and Friends of Music MAC Cardholders. Admission and seating is first-come first-serve and reservations are not taken. Box office opens one hour prior to performance. For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.