And all that jazz!
Renowned saxophonist headlines URI's Jazz Festival
KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 15, 2000 -- Legendary saxophonist Frank Morgan
kicks off the University of Rhode Island's annual Jazz and World Music Festival
on Thursday, March 30 at 8 p.m. at URI's Fine Arts Recital Hall. The popular
three-day festival also will feature local high school jazz bands, as well
as URI's Big Band, Jazz Combo, and Traditional Jazz Band. Admission is $6
general, $5 seniors, students free with ID. Tickets can be purchased at
the Music Department Office in the Fine Arts Building or at the door on
the evening of the performances.
Morgan is good. Consider this quote from Wynton Marsalis: "There
is no one around who is better on the alto saxophone. What comes out of
his horn is soulful, full of fire and timeless."
Morgan's present style might be described as bebop lived. He commands
complex modern phrases, but filters them with a sensibility reflecting the
ambivalence and unchained passion acquired after three decades of drug addiction
and intermittent incarceration. His comeback 10 years ago penetrated the
mainstream media to a degree rare for a jazz artist and remains a uniquely
compelling story today.
This fall, Morgan will appear before a House of Representatives panel
to talk about addiction and treatment options. Few musicians can move an
audience like Morgan can, whether he's talking about his life or playing
it through his horn. He's the real deal, one of the last of a vanishing
breed, according to Joe Parillo, director of jazz studies at URI.
URI's Big Band, directed by Parillo, will perform with Morgan. Also on
Thursday's program are performances by the URI Jazz Combo, directed by Brian
Sparks, and URI's Traditional Jazz Band, directed by Gary Buttery.
On Friday evening, March 31 at 8, the Wickford Middle School Jazz
Band, directed by Michael Iadevaia and the South Kingstown High School
Jazz Band, directed by Jeff Ethier will perform. The URI Jazz Combo,
directed by Dave Zinno and the URI Big Band, directed by Parillo, will round
out the program.
The last night of the festival, on Saturday evening, April 1 at 8., the
Ledyard (Conn.) High School Jazz Band, directed by Thomas Greene,
the Worcester Polytech Jazz Band, and the URI Big Band, directed
by Joe Parillo, will perform.
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116