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Jazz Week 2010 features rare appearance by Jazz Master Toots Thielemans

by Hess,Cynthia E last modified Jun 16, 2010 12:17 PM

Jan. 21, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Toots Thielemans and award-winning saxophonist Houston Person are among the featured performers at the UofL Jazz Week 2010, Feb. 23 – 28.

Called one of the greatest musicians of our time by Grammy Legend Award Winner Quincy Jones, Thielemans, 87, rarely makes appearances outside of Belgium. His only U.S. appearances in 2010 will be at New York City’s Lincoln Center and at UofL in a duo setting with pianist Kenny Werner at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28.

Thielemans was a member of Charlie Parker’s All Stars, composed the jazz standard “Bluesette” and was harmonica soloist for film scores such as “Midnight Cowboy.”

Saxophonist Person, a sideman with such greats as Etta James, Lena Horne and Lou Rawls, won the Eubie Blake Jazz Award in 1982 and the Independent Jazz Record of the Year Award in 1990, among other prestigious awards. Person will perform with UofL’s Jazz Ensemble I 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27.zz,/pz.

Other Jazz Week performers include:

  • Valery Ponomarev, trumpet, who performed with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers after his escape from his native Russia, 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26
  • Adjudicator's Night and Jazz Ensemble II, 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25
  • International Night, Renato Vasconcellos Ensemble, Brazil, Roberto “Lapo” Gessaghi, Argentina, and Open World Jazz Ensemble , Russia, 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24
  • Sandi Russell, vocal, “Render Me My Song: African American Women Writers from Slavery to the Present,” 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, Bird Recital Hall

All concerts are at the School of Music’s Margaret Comstock Concert Hall unless noted otherwise. Tickets vary from $5 to $25 depending on night of performance.

Jazz Week is hosted by the UofL School of Music and the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program. Other sponsors include Kenneth Beilman,, Gist Piano Center and Steinway, the official piano of Jazz Week, Friends of the School of Music, Treyton Oak Towers, UofL Women and Gender Studies, Louisville Jazz Society, WFPK, ear X-tacy and the Open World Leadership Program.

More information on Jazz Week 2010 is available at or by calling (502) 852-6907. For more information on artists and workshops, call Mike Tracy, Director of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program at (502) 852-6032

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