The Edmond Sun

Arts & Entertainment

April 26, 2014

UCO presents saxophonist in concerts, workshops

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Studies Division will feature Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and composer Bob Mintzer as its artist-in-residence for a series of workshops and performances April 28-May 1.

“In the jazz world, Bob Mintzer is a legend — certainly one of the most important jazz saxophonists in recent jazz history,” said Brian Gorrell, director of Central’s jazz studies.          

Mintzer has been labeled in the jazz community as a triple threat musician, one who is equally active as a composer, performer and music educator.

This New York native currently teaches at the famed Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles and his jazz ensemble arrangements have become standard repertoire for big bands around the world.          

As a performer, Mintzer has played/recorded with an eclectic group of musicians, including the legendary Yellowjackets, Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, James Taylor, Diana Ross, the New York Philharmonic and the National Symphony, among others.   

Mintzer has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards and won a Grammy Award in 2001 in the best large ensemble category while performing with the Yellowjackets.  

During his residency at Central, Mintzer will give a master class from 2-3 p.m. April 29 and April 30 in the Nigh University Center; an informal jazz concert with the UCO Jazz Ensemble 1 from 5-5:30 p.m. April 29 in the NUC, ballroom A; a jazz composers symposium from 3-5 p.m. May 1 at the Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St. in Edmond; and a jazz composers informal concert at 8 p.m. May 1 at the Jazz Lab. All afternoon events are free and open to the public. Tickets for the May 1 evening concert are $10.        

The main event will be a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 30 at the Jazz Lab. Mintzer will perform eight original large jazz band compositions and several combo numbers with the UCO Jazz Ensemble I. Tickets will be $20 for regular admission and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling the UCO Jazz Lab at 359-7989.          

“We have coordinated Mr. Mintzer’s residency the same week the university is hosting the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state-wide high school jazz contest at the NUC,” Gorrell said.          

“This means more than 2,000 high school student from every corner of Oklahoma will have the opportunity to hear Mintzer give an afternoon master class and informal concert during the contest,” Gorrell explained.

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