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April 6, 2014

Jazz at Bucknell concert includes world premiere

LEWISBURG — The Bucknell Jazz Band will perform in concert Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, is part of the university’s ongoing Jazz at Bucknell series.

Directed by Barry Long, music professor at Bucknell, the concert will feature guest composer and conductor Fred Sturm and guest soloist trumpeter Clay Jenkins.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Clay Jenkins back for a second visit and performance this semester, and can’t wait to work with our wonderful guest composer, conductor and educator Fred Sturm,” said Long.

“We’ll be performing an entire concert’s worth of his music including a world premiere written for our students. In our fifth year of commissioning new works for jazz ensemble, we’re honored to have a composer of his renown write for us.”

Sturm is the director of jazz and improvisational music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wis. He serves as guest conductor/composer/arranger for professional jazz ensembles and radio orchestras in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland and Norway; as director of university jazz ensembles and high school all-state jazz bands throughout the U.S.; as clinician at national educational conferences and festivals; and as composer-in-residence for school and university music programs.

Sturm’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by jazz ensembles, symphony orchestras, wind ensembles and chamber groups worldwide, featuring renowned artists Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Gary Burton, Arild Andersen and John Scofield. He was the 2003 recipient of the ASCAP/IAJE Commission In Honor of Quincy Jones, a prize granted annually to one established jazz composer of international prominence.

He served as professor and chair of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music in New York from 1991 to 2002, where he directed the internationally acclaimed Eastman Jazz Ensemble, conducted the 70-piece Eastman Studio Orchestra, and coordinated the Eastman jazz composition and arranging program. During his university teaching career, Downbeat Magazine cited his ensembles as the finest in the United States and Canada nine times.

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