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2004 Reichley Concert
Brown music ensembles to perform with Grammy winner Joe Lovano
The Brown University Music Department will present the 2004 Sara and Robert A. Reichley Concert – Viva Jazz! – featuring the Brown Jazz Band on Friday, May 7, 2004, at 8 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, located on The College Green. The program will also feature the Jazz Band and the Brown Wind Symphony performing with Grammy winning musician Joe Lovano and vocalist Judi Silvano. The concert is free and open to the public.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Grammy Award-winning tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and vocalist Judi Silvano will perform with the Brown Jazz Band and the Brown University Wind Symphony at the 2004 Sara and Robert A. Reichley Concert Friday, May 7, 2004, at 8 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, located on The College Green. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Brown Jazz Band, conducted by Matthew McGarrell, will present a program titled Viva Jazz! In the second half of the program, the Jazz Band and Wind Symphony will accompany Lovano, Silvano and Lovano’s Street Band in selections from Viva Caruso (Blue Note, 2002), his tribute to the great Italian tenor. Viva Caruso was cited as one of the Top Ten Jazz Albums for 2002 by The New York Times.
Lovano was born and raised in 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Boston’s Berklee College of Music, which recognized his accomplishments with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994 and an honorary doctorate in 1998. In his career he has collaborated and played with John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, Brother Jack McDuff, the Woody Herman Thundering Herd, the Mel Lewis Orchestra and many others. His numerous recordings have earned him four Grammy nominations and the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Large Ensemble for his album 52nd Street Themes. Lovano has received numerous other awards and accolades, including “Musician of the Year” in 2001 from both the Jazz Journalists Association and the Down Beat Critic’s Poll. He is married to his longtime collaborator, singer Judi Silvano.
Brown’s jazz program is as old as the style itself. In recent years it has grown to include instrumental instruction, courses in jazz history, a transcription and analysis course, and the big band and combos. The Brown Jazz Band is an 18-member big band consisting of five woodwind players, four trumpet and four trombone players, a vocalist, and a rhythm section of piano, bass, drums and guitar – the traditional jazz “big band” format since the Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman bands of the 1930s. Once each year the band performs in tribute to a jazz legend; these concerts have featured the music of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk. The Brown Jazz Band recorded and released its first CD in 1998. Alumni who played with past Brown jazz groups include Red Balaban ’51, the former owner of Eddie Condon’s and Jimmy Ryan’s Jazz Clubs in New York, and trombonist Stan Vincent ’57 of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band.
This concert is made possible by the Sara and Robert A. Reichley Concert Fund, which was established in 1997 by a gift from Cookson-America Inc. of Providence, in recognition of the Reichleys’ long history of supporting music at Brown and in Rhode Island. For more information, call (401) 863-3763 or 863-3234, or e-mail [email protected]