JAZZ STUDIES

JazzFest 2020

March 17 - 20

Featuring saxophonist Arun Luthra and percussionist V. Salgavenish. Also, see the 2020 Bittle Jazz Artists in Residence who are made possible by the generous support of Frances Yates Bittle.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Tuesday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.

Student Jazz Combos
Featuring original compositions and arrangements by Jazz Studies students

Location: Guzzetta Recital Hall
Admission: Free


Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.

Student and Alumni Combos
With guests V. Selvaganesh and Arun Luthra. Featuring music of the Mahavishnu Orchestra

Location: Guzzetta Recital Hall
Admission: Free


Thursday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.

UA Faculty Jazz Combo
With guests V. Selvaganesh and Arun Luthra

Location: Stage Door at E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St.

$12 general admission
$6 non-UA students
Free for UA students with Zip Card

Contact: 330-253-2488 or www.uaevents.com


Friday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.

Student Jazz Ensemble
With guests V. Selvaganesh and Arun Luthra

Location: Stage Door at E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St.

$12 general admission
$6 non-UA students
Free for UA students with Zip Card

Contact: 330-253-2488 or www.uaevents.com


FEATURED ARTISTS

Arun Luthra is one of New York’s premier saxophonists and composers, and one of the small group of American jazz musicians of Indian heritage who have continued to explore to possibilities of fusing the modern post-bop sound with elements of Indian classical music – especially konnakol (South Indian classical music vocalised rhythms). He also draws from a wide variety of modern and classic influences to create a vibrant new sound and style. As the leader of Arun Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project, Luthra has performed throughout the world, including Japan, Europe, Australia, South America, and throughout the United States. He has also shared the stage and recorded with many of the greatest jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and pop artists in the world, including Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Kenny Garrett, Mike Stern, Joe Chambers, Charli Persip, Bernard Purdie, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Valli, Bobby Short, and Lew Soloff.

V. Selvaganesh is one of the leading musicians in the world of rhythm. He has been mesmerizing the audience with his immaculate style and innate creativity. Born into a family of musicians, it is no wonder that rhythm flows in his blood, which remains inseparable.

Selvaganesh gained world fame through tours with John McLaughlin’s group Remember Shakti. He helps his father, Grammy-winner T.H. “Vikku” Vinayakram, to run the Sri JGTV school and train a new generation of percussionists. He has also composed and produced albums and has played with the Swedish bass virtuoso Jonas Hellborg and American guitar player Shawn Lane. His debut international solo album, “Soukha,” was released in 2006 featuring all other regular members of Remember Shakti including John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, U. Srinivas and Shankar Mahadevan, as well as sitar player Niladri Kumar and Selvaganesh’s father T.H. “Vikku” Vinayakram.

JAZZ FACULTY

Jack Schantz, jazz trumpet
Coordinator of Jazz Studies
330-972-6910
jas62@uakron.edu

Mark Gonder, jazz percussion
mark27@uakron.edu

Dean Newton, jazz guitar
dean2@uakron.edu

Tim Powell, jazz bass
twp1@uakron.edu

Rock Wehrmann, jazz piano
rock@uakron.edu

ACADEMICS

With 14 bacculaureate degrees and 6 graduate degrees, UA's School of Music offers aspiring musicians opportunities to study with renowned faculty, gain access to master classes in a variety of areas, and perform in venues throughout the world.

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