Jazz fans welcome to listen and learn

Concerts and workshops in Shepherdstown festival

Concerts and workshops in Shepherdstown festival

March 02, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - This year's Jazz Festival at Shepherd University features a guest artist with an international reputation as a composer and arranger, says Mark Cook, director of jazz studies.

"In the jazz world, the arranger is every bit as important as the composer," Cook says. "Jazz arranging is actually composition."

Mike Crotty has been a principal arranger for the U.S. Air Force Band's jazz ensemble, Airmen of Note, Cook says.

Crotty and his wife, Deater O'Neill, a jazz singer, will perform Friday and Saturday nights with the Shepherd University Jazz Ensemble and the Faculty Jazz Trio at Shepherd University's Frank Center Theater. The Trio is Tom Williams on bass, Frank Russo on drums and Cook on piano.

Crotty will play saxophone, flute or trumpet, Cook says.

The festival also offers free opportunities - open to the public - to learn from the pair.

A vocal clinic with O'Neill and a composition and arranging clinic with Crotty will be at 6 p.m. Friday in the Frank Center. The vocal clinic will be in M08, a recital hall, and the composition and arranging clinic will be in The New Rehearsal Hall.


A workshop with Crotty and O'Neill and the Faculty Jazz Trio will be at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Frank Center Theater.

The workshop could start earlier. It follows the West Virginia Eastern Regional Jazz Festival. Middle and high school jazz bands from the eastern part of the state will perform from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Frank Center. Students will be evaluated by jazz educators and scored. Awards will be presented.

If you go ...

WHAT: Jazz Festival concerts with Mike Crotty and Deater O'Neill.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4.

WHERE: Frank Center Theater, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

COST: Tickets are $10; $5, students 18 and younger; and free for Shepherd students and Friends of Music MAC cardholders.

MORE: For more information, call 1-304-876-5555.

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