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November 2001

Release Date: November 12, 2001

Guest Artists to Perform with Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Group

World-renowned lead trumpet player Paul Stephens as well as jazz musician Rich Haering will be featured during a Tuesday, Nov. 20, performance of the Angelo State University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Percussion Group on the ASU campus.

The two guest soloists will perform with the ASU groups at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the University Auditorium. In addition to their public performance, the two guest musicians will present a master class on at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in Room 101 of the Carr Education and Fine Arts Building. Both the concert and the class are open free to the public.

Stephens has performed with Maynard Ferguson, Chicago, The Four Tops, Ben Vereen, Cleo Laine & John Dankworth and Maureen McGovern as well as in numerous shows and recordings. He is currently the lead trumpeter for the Nicholas Payton Big Band, performing and recording around the country and Europe. Rich Haering, a trumpet player who has toured with Huey Lewis, has also performed with Frank Sinatra, Doc Severinsen and The Brecker Brothers. He is a former member of the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note in Washington, D.C.

The ASU Jazz Ensemble covers a wide variety of jazz styles as its members perform this unique American art form in a big band setting. Directed by Dr. John Irish, the Jazz Ensemble was the featured group for the 2001 UIL Region VII Jazz Festival last spring. The ensemble's rhythm section combo regularly performs at various Texas events, most recently by special request during the 2001 Texas Music Educator's Association annual conference in San Antonio.

The ASU Jazz Percussion Group (JPG) is a unique percussion ensemble, one of only six of its type in the nation. The JPG performs jazz that has been transcribed for vibes, marimbas, bass and drums. It offers the visual excitement of performing percussionists combined with the rhythmic accuracy of a percussion ensemble. This combines a visible energy with the best of jazz, fusion, swing and contemporary jazz as only a percussion ensemble can play it. Under the direction of Dr. Douglas Overmier, the JPG has performed in the Caribbean, Mexico and southern United States as well as in Texas. The group has received numerous invitations to perform abroad.

For more information, please call Drs. Irish or Overmier in the ASU Department of Art and Music at 325-942-2085

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