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Hamilton College Doctors of Jazz in “Soprano Summit” Reunion on Oct. 5

Fallcoming Event Brings Together Popular 1970s Jazz Ensemble

By Holly Foster  |  Contact Holly Foster 315-859-4068
Posted September 30, 2002
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Members of the popular 1970s jazz ensemble, Soprano Summit, will reunite for a performance during Hamilton College's Fallcoming Weekend, on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts on the Hamilton campus. The event is open to the public.

Led by reedmen Kenny Davern and Bob Wilber, the concert will feature drummer Bob Rosengarden, pianist Dick Hyman, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and bassist Keter Betts. Soprano Summit grew out of an experience Davern and Wilber had playing together at the 1972 Colorado Jazz Party (they both played soprano saxophones at that time). They loved the sound and formed the group shortly after.

The group was very popular from 1972-79 and recorded seven albums. Their mainstream jazz bucked the "fusion" trend at that time. They have also made reunion recordings, including the latest, "Yellow Dog Blues," in 1995.

Davern, Wilber, Rosengarden and Hyman have all received honorary degrees from Hamilton.
The performance is sponsored by the Hamilton College Jazz Archive and is dedicated to the memory of Milton Fillius, Jr. '44, a Hamilton College alumnus and trustee who was instrumental in founding the Jazz Archive at Hamilton, and died earlier this year.

For tickets call 315-859-4331. Prices are $10/adults, $5 seniors and students.

 

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