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Oneonta Jazz Festival to feature trombonist Ray Anderson

By Cindy McNicholl

ONEONTA, N.Y. –

Trombonist Ray Anderson will be the featured guest for the third annual Oneonta Jazz Festival at SUNY Oneonta on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, in the Hunt College Union.

The Oneonta Jazz Festival brings together musicians from SUNY colleges and area secondary schools, including Oneonta Middle School and Cooperstown Middle School.

The festival will begin Friday afternoon with an open rehearsal featuring Anderson, the Oneonta Jazz Orchestra and a rhythm section made up of SUNY Oneonta alumni from 2 to 6 p.m. It will be followed by a Jazz Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Saturday will feature a series of performances by the attending student ensembles, beginning at 9 a.m. and followed by lectures and workshops, including a clinic by Anderson at 11:15 in the ballroom. The musicians will come together at noon for a barbecue and New Orleans brass band-style jam session by the pond and an open jam session from 1 to 3 p.m. at Union Square.

“We hope that these two components, in particular, will encourage students and faculty from different schools to interact socially and musically, something we think is integral to jazz music,” said Dr. Arthur Falbush, festival director and a lecturer in SUNY Oneonta’s Music Department.

The festival will close with a concert by Anderson, accompanied by the Oneonta Jazz Orchestra and alumni rhythm section, at 4:15 p.m. Saturday in the Hunt Union Ballroom.

Members of the community are invited to attend. General admission tickets will be available for $10 at the door (free for SUNY Oneonta students) or can be reserved by calling (917) 817-7251.

Named best trombonist in the Down Beat Critics Poll for five years running and declared "the most exciting slide brass player of his generation" by the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, Anderson has led or co-led a range of tradition-minded and experimental groups, big bands, blues and funk projects and even a trombone quartet. He is currently a visiting professor of jazz studies at Stony Brook University.

More information about the Oneonta Jazz Festival is available from Dr. Arthur Falbush at (917) 817-7251 or by email to oneontajazzfestival@gmail.com. A schedule of events is available at: www.oneonta.edu/jazzfest

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