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Shepherd's Jazz Faculty Ensemble showcased in music salon series on January 17

ISSUED: 8 January 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd's Jazz Faculty Ensemble showcased in music salon series on January 17)

Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Jazz Faculty Ensemble will present a Tribute to the Cool School as part of Shepherd's Music Salon Series on Thursday, January 17 at 8 p.m. The faculty ensemble will present music made popular by musicians of the Cool Jazz Movement in the 1950s. Led by Dr. Kurtis Adams, assistant professor of music at Shepherd, the members of the ensemble include Dr. Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis, David Marsh, and Ronnie Shaw, and will feature special guest trumpeter Mike Kamuf. The concert is free and open to the public.

Kamuf received his bachelor of music degree in jazz performance and music education from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, Ohio, and his master of arts degree in instrumental conducting from George Mason University, Virginia. He has performed with the Woody Herman and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras, and recorded as a member of the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra. Kamuf served as assistant principal trumpet of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra from 1990-92. He has taught instrumental music for Montgomery County Public Schools since 1992, and has been the director of bands and orchestras and chair of the music department at the John T. Baker Middle School in Damascus, Maryland, since 1995. Kamuf has served as treasurer and secretary of the Maryland Unit of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) and been a member of the faculty of the Maryland Summer Jazz Consortium since 1994. In 2007, he received the Superintendent's Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Award for his efforts in involving students in the commissioning process.

Dr. Adams received his bachelor of music education degree from Tennessee Tech University and his master of music in performance and 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. Adams has 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. In 2005, Downbeat Magazine named Adams the College Co-Winner for Best Original Composition for his composition "Instable Mate?" 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. Adams was visiting assistant professor of jazz studies at Boise State University before joining Shepherd in 2010 as director of jazz studies.

Dr. Lincoln-DeCusatis is an award-winning Washington, D.C., composer whose past and current projects include performances by the Chesapeake Orchestra, the Left Bank Quartet, saxophonist Noah Getz, and flutist Molly Barth, and upcoming commissions by the Inscape ensemble and the piano and saxophone duo Six Impossible Things. 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 in 2009, and an American Music Center CAP award. At Shepherd, Lincoln-DeCusatis teaches composition and jazz piano.

Marsh, Shepherd's jazz bass instructor, was a child prodigy who studied at the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts. He formerly taught jazz studies and jazz bass at the George Washington University. Marsh has performed with artists such as Ricky Loza, Tim Eyermann's East Coast Offering, Vaighn Nark, and Chris Vadala. He is the bassist for Cook, Dixon, and Young (formerly "The Three Mo' Tenors").

Shaw, Shepherd's jazz drum instructor, has performed with the prestigious U.S. Air Force (USAF) Academy Band and the USAF Band, and has conducted clinics as percussion specialist for the Air Force. In 2002, Shaw joined The Three Mo' Tenors, now Cook, Dixon, and Young. He has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Washington Opera with Placido Domingo, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Shaw has performed for and conducted clinics at the annual Ricky Loza Jazz Festival in El Salvador.

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