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Distributed February 19, 1999
Contact: Glenn Hare

12th annual Brudner Memorial Concert

Legendary saxophonist to share stage with Brown Jazz Band March 6

Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist Dave Liebman will join the Brown University Jazz Band for an evening of finger-snappin', toe-tappin' hot jazz on Saturday, March 6, 1999, in the Salomon Center for Teaching. Liebman has made numerous recordings and has played with jazz greats Miles Davis, Chick Corea and Elvin Jones.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist Dave Liebman will join the Brown University Jazz Band for the 12th annual Eric Adam Brudner Memorial Concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, in the Salomon Center for Teaching. The evening will feature savvy and hip jazz originals and standards.

Liebman, who last year was nominated for a Grammy Award for his recording of My Favorite Things, has been a part of the jazz scene since the late '60s. He has played and recorded with legendary jazz figures Miles Davis and drummer Elvin Jones; has toured with Chick Corea, John Scofield and Kenny Kirkland; and in the mid '70s, was the front man for several jazz fusion groups. The Dave Liebman Group - with Phil Markowitz, keyboards; Vic Juris, guitar; Jamey Haddad, drums; Tony Marino, bass; and others - is currently on tour with its eclectic style of contemporary jazz.

The show at Brown will feature standard arrangements by pianist Thelonious Monk and original compositions by Liebman and Brown University students. Music by written by jazz pioneer Duke Ellington also will be performed in recognition of his 100th anniversary. The second half of the show will showcase the talents of local jazz standouts Dan Moretti and Fred DeChristofaro and others as they join with Liebman for a small-combo jam session.

The memorial concert is in honor of Eric Adam Brudner '84, who distinguished himself as an excellent student and musician. A pianist and composer, Brudner established several undergraduate jazz ensembles, performed professionally in local jazz clubs, and taught piano to his fellow students. He was awarded the Buxtehude and Arlan Collidge prizes in his junior and senior years respectively.

Over the years, the Brudner Concert has become an anticipated annual event at the University and has featured the talents of such well-known musicians as Jimmy Heath, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Gary Burton.

The concert is open to the public without charge, but seating is limited and tickets will be required. Free tickets will be available from the Music Department beginning Monday, March 1. Contact the department at (401) 863-3234 for additional information. The Salomon Center for Teaching is located on The College Green.