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Trumpet legend to play at Kirkwood

By Leah Coffman
On November 6, 2012


The jazz ensembles at Kirkwood Community College put their blood, sweat and tears into their performances and the upcoming concert on Nov. 10 is no exception.

The Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble and the CR Big Band will be performing in Ballantyne Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. in their second concert.

The concert will feature guest artist Lew Soloff, a classically trained jazz trumpet virtuoso.  "It's (Soloff) one of those names you just know," said Ian Draves, bassist and music performance emphasis. 

Tim Feldkamp, director of the jazz ensembles, described the concert as involving a tribute to trumpet legends.  "It was the year of the trumpet," he remarked.

The concert line-up reflects the trumpet focus. Musical homages to Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong  feature prominently, as well as pieces from Soloff's Grammy-winning tenure with Blood, Sweat And Tears.  Marilee Camp will be featured on vocals in the CR Jazz Big Band's performance of "God Bless the Child".

A wide variety of other jazz styles will also be performed.  The Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble will include selections by Alicia Keys, Jimi Hendrix and Prince. The CR Jazz Big Band's program will be more traditionally jazz focused, with pieces by Thelonius Monk, Gil Evans, Lew Soloff and "Jelly Roll" Morton. 

"There's something for everyone in this concert," Feldkamp said. Mitchell Covington, education emphasis, agreed. "The music is really fun and the environment in general is really interesting.  It's a good way to experience a form of music that you might not be familiar with."

Prior to the concert Soloff will hold a master class at 1 p.m. in 375 Cedar Hall. According to Feldkamp, the master class will include a small jazz combo, as well as learning opportunities for anyone interested in jazz or improvisation.

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