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Mar
11
Wed
AZ Jazz Week: Faculty Jazz Band with Troy Roberts @ Crower Hall
Mar 11 @ 7:30 pm

The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music presents “Faculty Jazz Night,” with special guest Troy Roberts, saxophone on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall. Performing in this concert are Angelo Versace, piano; Kelland Thomas, saxophone; Jason Carder, trumpet; Moisés Paiewonsky, trombone; Chris Wabich, drums and Jack Wood, bass. This concert is supported by Dr. Shu ching Cheng and Prof. Edward Reid.

This performance is part of the 37th Annual AzJazz Week, featuring six concerts. Daily performances will take place starting Sunday, March 8 through Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall. Please see full schedule of events listed below. The jazz studies area at the UA School of Music is under the direction of Angelo Versace, who recently joined the faculty in fall 2014.

Troy Roberts – saxophone/composer/educator
Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts has received numerous awards including three consecutive DownBeat Jazz Soloist Awards and two consecutive West Australian Music Industry Awards, a Grammy nomination medal for his performance on Sammy Figueroa’s “The Magician,” and was the only Australian semi-finalist in the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree at the young age of 19, he has performed around Europe and the United States extensively with artists such as James Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Sammy Figueroa, Dave Douglas, Orrin Evans, Ari Hoenig, Ignacio Berroa and Robby Ameen to name a few, and also completed a master’s degree at the University of Miami. In 2012, he shared the stage in an international septet composed of jazz greats Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Vinnie Colaiuta and Zakir Hussein for Herbie Hancock’s launch of the first ever International Jazz Day at NYC’s UN General Assembly Hall. More recently he was also part of Hancock’s 2014 International Jazz Day held at Osaka Castle Park, Japan, sharing the stage with jazz luminaries such as Gregory Porter, Marcus Miller, Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spaulding, Sheila E, John Scofield and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Celebrating his latest record, “Nu-Jive 5,” Troy is based in New York City, continues to maintain a busy performance and recording schedule around the globe, and is preparing for the release of his sixth record as a leader, “Secret Rhymes” (featuring Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts. www.troyroberts.com

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Mar
12
Thu
AZ Jazz Week: Studio Jazz Ensemble @ Crowder Hall
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm

The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music presents the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Angelo Versace featuring guest artist Troy Roberts, saxophone on Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall.

This performance is part of the 37th Annual AzJazz Week, featuring six concerts. Daily performances will take place starting Sunday, March 8 through Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall. Please see full schedule of events listed below. The jazz studies area at the UA Fred Fox School of Music is under the direction of Angelo Versace, who recently joined the faculty in fall 2014.

About the Artists

Troy Roberts – saxophone/composer/educator
Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts has received numerous awards including three consecutive DownBeat Jazz Soloist Awards and two consecutive West Australian Music Industry Awards, a Grammy nomination medal for his performance on Sammy Figueroa’s “The Magician,” and was the only Australian semi-finalist in the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree at the young age of 19, he has performed around Europe and the United States extensively with artists such as James Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Sammy Figueroa, Dave Douglas, Orrin Evans, Ari Hoenig, Ignacio Berroa and Robby Ameen to name a few, and also completed a master’s degree at the University of Miami. In 2012, he shared the stage in an international septet composed of jazz greats Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Vinnie Colaiuta and Zakir Hussein for Herbie Hancock’s launch of the first ever International Jazz Day at NYC’s UN General Assembly Hall. More recently he was also part of Hancock’s 2014 International Jazz Day held at Osaka Castle Park, Japan, sharing the stage with jazz luminaries such as Gregory Porter, Marcus Miller, Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spaulding, Sheila E, John Scofield and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Celebrating his latest record, “Nu-Jive 5,” Troy is based in New York City, continues to maintain a busy performance and recording schedule around the globe, and is preparing for the release of his sixth record as a leader, “Secret Rhymes” (featuring Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts. http://www.troyroberts.com

The UA Studio Jazz Ensemble (aka Jazz A) was founded by Tom Ervin in 1972. Jeff Haskell began conducting the ensemble regularly in 1977. In its ranks have sat some of the finest young musicians in Southern Arizona. The players’ names read like a “who’s who” and so does the list of soloists who have starred with the band over the years. The quality has always been high. In the 1980’s, the band was hired to tour with Dizzy Gillespie, a tour that exposed to the students the great teaching expertise that Dizzy had at his command. Since then, the band has backed up some of the most high-profile and legendary jazz artists of our time including Bill Watrous, Bobby Shew, John Fedchock, Brian Lynch, Chris Potter, Michael Davis, and many more. Most recently, they undertook their second (this time month-long and all expenses paid) successful tour throughout China. Moisés Paiewonsky, associate professor of music (trombone), served as associate director of the ensemble from 2006 to 2014. As Jeff Haskell retired in spring 2014, this this year, the ensemble welcomes its new director and new faculty member at the UA Fred Fox School of Music, Angelo Versace.

Angelo Versace

Skilled Pianist
Winner of the 2012 Phillips Jazz Piano Competition, Angelo Versace has been described as “a fleet-fingered keyboard dynamo” (Lawrence Budman) and “next star on the jazz scene.” (Dwayne Dolphin)

From humble beginnings in the small town of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Versace’s passion for music has led him all across the globe. His playing has graced the stages of the North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), the New Orleans Jazz Festival (Louisiana), multiple JEN conferences, the Pensacola Jazz Festival (Florida), and the Mellon Jazz Festival (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). His main musical influences and private teachers include Harold Mabern, Mulgrew Miller, Martin Bejerano, Armen Donelian, and Shelly Berg.

Versatile Sideman
Versace has had the privilege of working with internationally recognized artists: Sean Jones, Take 6, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Chris Vadala, Roger Humphries, Sammy Figueroa, Wycliffe Gordon, Dave Koz, Tim Ries, Kevin Mahogany, Ignacio Berroa, Gloria Gaynor, Foreigner, Denise Graves, Jeremy Pelt, Dave Douglas, and Chris Potter. In 2005, Versace joined the Dwayne Dolphin Piccolo Bass Band and has recorded two albums with the group, “Ming” and “Pretty Girl”. In 2007, he recorded a classical album with Alto Saxophonist Keith Young, “Saxophone Voices from Five Countries”. In 2008, he recorded another album, “Jazz Hymns,” with platinum selling jazz guitarist, Jerry Hahn. He produced and arranged “ENDless” with trumpeter Augie Haas in 2012, and in 2013 appeared on  “Khristian 3.0,” an album released in collaboration with Khristian Dentley which featured several of Versace’s arrangments.  He is currently anticipating the release of his latest recordings both with Khristian Dentley and Kendall Moore.

Dedicated Educator
Immediately out of high school, Versace was accepted on full scholarship to William Paterson University, where he graduated “Summa Cum Laude” with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance. Versace then moved to Miami and completed a Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami, also under full scholarship. In the second year of his Master’s degree he accepted the Jazz Piano Teaching Assistant Position. In 2010 Versace began a Doctor Musical Arts degree at the University of Miami and completed it in 2013.

Versace has had the opportunity to teach private lessons, ear training classes, improvisation classes, jazz piano classes, various ensembles, jazz composition classes, and piano forums. From 2010 to 2014 he was on faculty at the Superior Academy of Music, a Miami-based music program. During that time he also held the Adjunct Jazz Piano chair at Broward College. He has also worked closely with the CGCC Community Arts program, Dillard High School, and the Tucson Jazz Institute, all of which have had representation at the prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition. In August of 2014, Versace accepted a full-time assistant professor position at the University of Arizona as the director of jazz studies.

Experienced Professional
Versace’s career has included everything from private benefits and events to performances in large concert halls. He has been contracted as a performer, teacher, composer, arranger, producer, music director, and an engraver. From 2009-2013, Versace was a Mancini Fellow and was awarded the piano chair in the Mancini Institute Orchestra, a “multi-genre ‘cross-over’ orchestra” under the direction of Terence Blanchard. Versace’s musical versatility, creative prowess, and dedication set him apart as an artist. His appreciation of musical tradition as well as a unique blend of modern rhythm and harmony continually advance his career.

 

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Mar
13
Fri
Jazz Week: John Denman Memorial Concert @ Crowder Hall
Mar 13 @ 7:30 pm

The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music presents the John Denman Memorial Concert: “Women of Blues” Triple Threat and the Jeff Haskell Trio on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall. Members of Triple Threat are Katherine Byrnes, Julie Anne Boos and Crystal Stark, who will perform with The Jeff Haskell Trio featuring Jeff Haskell, piano; Jack Wood, bass and Fred Hayes, drums.

“Women of Blues,” a show written by Katherine Byrnes, takes us on a musical and historical journey celebrating the great ladies of the blues. The stories of the female classic blues singers of the 1920’s are told through the music of Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Eva Taylor, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. The rich history of the African-American musical heritage and its gift to the American culture provides the theme of this presentation.

This performance is part of the 37th Annual AzJazz Week, featuring six concerts. Daily performances will take place starting Sunday, March 8 through Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall. Please see full schedule of events listed below. The jazz studies area at the UA School of Music is under the direction of Angelo Versace, who recently joined the faculty in fall 2014.

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Mar
6
Mon
AZ Jazz Week: Latin Jazz Night @ Crowder Hall
Mar 6 @ 7:30 pm

Grupo Manteca, directed by Hiram Perez

Mar
7
Tue
AZ Jazz Week: Jazz Before the 1920s @ Crowder Hall
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm

The Original Wildcat Jass Band, featuring Rob Wright and Jeff Haskell
Jeffrey Haskell Recording Studio Celebration

Mar
8
Wed
AZ Jazz Week: TJI Ellington Big Band @ Crowder Hall
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm

Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Big Band directed by Doug Tidaback
Featuring UA & TJI Faculty

Mar
9
Thu
AZ Jazz Week: Mezzo Monk @ Crowder Hall
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Dave Valdez Chamber Ensemble
Featuring Angelo Versace, Brice Winston & Chris Finet

Mar
10
Fri
AZ Jazz Week: A Night with Terell Stafford @ Crowder Hall
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm

UA Studio Jazz Ensemble & UA Faculty

Tickets: uapresents.org, 520-621-3341 or at Centennial Hall Box Office, 1020 E. University Blvd.

Feb
25
Sun
AZ Jazz Week: Jaleo “The Latin Tinge… from Arsenio to Porter” @ U of A School of Music, Crowder Hall
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm

Their multicultural musical heritage has rightly led Jaleo into the top leading performers in Phoenix, Arizona. With meritorious achievable performances, Jaleo has musically reproduced impressionistic geographical cadences in their work, offering Afro Cuban, Puerto Rican and Colombian rhythmical inspiration. Their Multicultural awareness is a musical interpretation of past and present joy.

Feb
26
Mon
AZ Jazz Week: The Tucson Jazz Collective directed by Moisés Paiewonsky @ U of A School of Music, Crowder Hall
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm

The Tucson Jazz Collective (TJC), formerly Park Avenue Jazz Orchestra, is a newly formed, Tucson-based, professional jazz ensemble. The group comprises local and transplant musicians representing the best Tucson has to offer. TJC aims to promote its agenda of world-class quality music through a series of performances and concerts in and around southern Arizona, and will mark it’s first year of existence with a recording at the Jeff Haskell Recording Studio at the University of Arizona in August of 2018.

Feb
27
Tue
AZ Jazz Week: “Mardi Gras Extravaganza!” @ U of A School of Music, Crowder Hall
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm

The Original Wildcat Jass Band featuring the Lindy Hopkins Dancers

Dwayne Riley, clarinet; Rick Peron, trumpet; Rob Boone, trombone, piano; Rob Wright, banjo, and vocals; Ray Templin, drums, piano, and vocals; Evan Dain, bass, and vocals

Feb
28
Wed
AZ Jazz Week: UA Studio Jazz Ensemble featuring Andre Hayward, trombone @ U of A School of Music, Crowder Hall
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm

Andre Hayward is an extremely gifted trombonist with the sound and clarity reminiscent of the late J.J. Johnson. In 2003 he received first place and a significant scholarship at the International Thelonious Monk Trombone Competition. He has performed/recorded with Roy Hargrove, Betty Carter, Joe Williams, Slide Hampton, John Lewis, Mingus Dynasty Big Band, Gerald Wilson, Kirk Whalum, Jimmy Heath, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and Illinois Jacquet’s Big Band.

The UA Studio Jazz Ensemble is directed by Angelo Versace

Mar
1
Thu
AZ Jazz Week: “The Essence of Jazz” @ U of A School of Music, Crowder Hall
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm

The Arizona Jazz Collective featuring Brice Winston, tenor saxophone; Angelo Versace, piano Tom Wakeling, bass; Dom Moio, drums

The Arizona Jazz Collective brings together four highly acclaimed artists who have performed worldwide with a who’s who of jazz. The band’s live performances embrace jazz’ past, present, and future, with a great chemistry and an adventurous, hard-swinging style. Saxophonist Brice Winston (Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, Ellis Marsalis), pianist Angelo Versace (Warren Wolf, Marcus Printup, Slide Hampton), and the swinging rhythm team of veterans Tom Wakeling (Lee Konitz, James Moody, Mel Torme), & Dom Moio (Clark Terry, Herb Ellis, Ahmad Jamal) join forces only a handful of times each year to perform as the Arizona Jazz Collective. Their time together on the bandstand is always a musical highlight of the year, both for them and for their audiences!

Mar
2
Fri
AZ Jazz Week: “A Night with Nelson Riddle” @ U of A School of Music, Crowder Hall
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm

Featuring Katherine Byrnes, vocalist & Jeff Haskell, piano
Arizona Symphony Orchestra & UA Studio Jazz Ensemble conducted by Thomas Cockrell, Nelson Riddle Endowed Chair in Music

The Nelson Riddle Archive at the University of Arizona holds a treasure of arrangements by one of America’s preeminent figures in popular music of the 1950s and 60s. The Arizona Symphony Orchestra and UA Studio Jazz Ensemble join forces and welcome UA alumna vocalist Katherine Byrnes for an elegant evening of arrangements originally written for Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Linda Ronstadt. Big band and symphonic orchestra unite in the great finale, Riddle’s “Adam and Eve” ballet from the 1960 film “Can-Can.”