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How to play Jazz, a master class given by three jazz masters!

Dates: 10/19/2018 (Fri): 11:00 am
Category: Campus Events

How to play Jazz is the title of the master class to be given by three masters in their own rights, Scott Reeves, trombone & alto flugelhorn, Jim Ridl, piano, and Andy Watson, drums. They will talk about their profession, how they got there, demonstrate their respective instruments, and perform a few pieces during the class scheduled in Orange Hall Room 23 at 11am on Friday, October 19, 2019. This event is free and open to the public and prefaces the jazz concert that evening in which they play integral parts.

Scott Reeves is a mainstay in contemporary New York jazz. In addition to playing trombone and alto flugelhorn, he is the leader of the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra and Manhattan Bones and plays in the Dave Liebman Big Band. During his long career, he has performed with Bill Mobley’s Smoke Big Band, the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, and the Vanguard Orchestra. He is currently a professor of music and director of jazz studies at the City College of New York. Coupled with his work as a music educator, he is a respected author of jazz improvisation texts, compositions and arrangements for large jazz ensemble. Reeves’ two books, Creative Jazz Improvisation and Creative Beginnings are among the most widely used texts in their field.


Jim Ridl is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and teacher, and performs internationally with the Jim Ridl Trio and Quartet, the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Mingus Big Band, Ximo Tebar’s IVAM Jazz Ensemble of Spain, and the Tim Horner Quintet. He was the Art Tatum Scholarship Artist in Residence at the University of Toledo (Ohio) where he taught master classes and performed solo piano concerts. He earned his BA in Scoring and Arranging, and was awarded its Student Achievement Award for composing “Ocean Sojourn,” an orchestral tone poem which he performed with the Denver Symphony Orchestra, James Setapen, conducting. He is listed in the Who’s Who of American Colleges and Universities.


Drummer Andy Watson has uncanny, understated feel for shade and surprise. He also has a natural affinity for rhythm. With that combination, he can power a big band like the New York Nine Nonet or drive the smaller ensembles of greats like Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, and Tom Harrell. He has also lent his talents in the studio, enlivening the recordings of Jim Hall, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Larry Goldings. On occasion, he has played with singer/lyricist Jon Hendricks as well as Woody Herman’s Orchestra, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Smoke Big Band, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra and Cecil’s Big Band.      


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Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues                         (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown, NY.

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