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Diverse sounds blend during four days of Jazz Week 2011

by UofL Today last modified Feb 16, 2011 04:06 PM

Saxophonist Antonio Hart and the Jeff Hamilton Trio are among featured performers at the University of Louisville's Jazz Week 2011, Feb. 23-26.

Diverse sounds blend during four days of Jazz Week 2011

Toots Thielemans was at Jazz Week 2010.

All concerts will be at the School of Music, Margaret Comstock Concert Hall.

Grammy-nominated Hart first studied classical saxophone but is now known for his jazz saxophone skills. Hart is a professor of jazz studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, The City University of New York. He has combined music studies with jazz greats Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd and played with the likes of Slide Hampton, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, Roy Hargrove, Art Blakey and others.

Hart will perform with UofL's Jazz Ensemble I and the Faculty Jazz Ensemble, 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25.

Known for his dynamic drumming, Hamilton has recorded and performed throughout the world and recorded with such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Rosemary Clooney and Mel Torme. He also appeared with Natalie Cole in a PBS Great Performances special, "Unforgettable."

Hamilton's trio will perform with UofL's Jazz Ensemble I, 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26.

Other jazz week performers include:

  • Adjudicator's Night and Jazz Ensemble II, 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24
  • International Night, Renato Vasconcellos Quintet, Brazilian Ensemble and the International Quintet, 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23

Tickets vary from $5 to $15 depending on the night of performance.

The UofL School of Music and the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program are hosts to Jazz Week. Other sponsors include Visiting Jazz Artist Endowed Chair, Kenneth Beilman, BankingQuestions.com, ear X-tacy, Friends of the School of Music, Louisville Jazz Society and WFPK.

Jazz Week is a UofL tradition. Click here for a photo retrospective dating to 1995.

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