Jazz Week Benefit Concert Series - Jan. 31, 2007

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

The UAA Jazz Week Benefit Concert Series continues on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the UAA Arts Building Recital Hall. The concert will feature music of Cannonball and Nat Adderley, featuring Rick Zelinsky on alto sax, Pat Owen on cornet, Evgeny Chernonog on piano, Errol Bressler on bass, and Robert Arms on drums.  This unique performance will combine a slide show presentation with live music to help the listener gain understanding of the Adderley's music and their influences.

Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (1928-1975) was a superb alto saxophonist.  After moving to New York and appearing in various venues, his growing prominence led to an invitation to join Miles Davis's group in 1957 to 1959.  "Cannonball" was a major factor in the success of Davis's albums Milestones and Kind of Blue, in which he helped balance the lyricism of Davis and the intensity of John Coltrane.  During his residence with Davis, he played continuous bop lines with blues and gospel inflections.  After leaving Davis, Adderley formed his own group with his younger brother, cornetist Nat Adderley (1931).  The Adderley group specialized in both bop and funky/soul jazz.

Selections to be performed will include the soulful jazz repertoire from "Cannonball" and Nat Adderley, Bobby Timmons, Victor Feldman, and Joe Zawinul.

Advance Tickets:  $2 UAA students, $5 seniors, students and military and $10 general admission. Tickets purchased the day of the event:  $7 UAA Student, $10 seniors, students, and military, $15 general admission. No reserved seating.  Tickets are sold at the UAA Box Office, 786-4TIX.  Proceeds will benefit Jazz Week 2007, March 7-10. For more information contact:  Karen Strid-Chadwick, UAA Professor of Jazz, at 786-1684 or afkss@uaa.alaska.edu.

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