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JAZZ SPECTACULAR AT HAMILTON

By staff  |  Contact staff
Posted September 23, 1996
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Hamilton College presents an evening of classic jazz, featuring several legendary jazz performers, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8:30 p.m., in the Fillius Events Barn. Performing will be trumpet virtuoso Clark Terry, with John Bunch, piano; Bob Haggart, bass; Bob Rosengarden, drums; Kenny Davern, clarinet; Dan Barrett, trombone; and Tommy Newsom, tenor sax. The concert is free and open to the public.

Though best known as a headliner at the world's premier jazz events, Terry is also regarded as one of jazz's finest educators. Celebrated for his innovation, technical virtuosity and swinging lyricism, he became one of the spotlighted players of the Tonight Show band and gained national attention as a singer with his unique Mumbles scat. His musical credits include successful stints in the bands of Charlie Barnet, Charlie Ventura, Eddie Vinson, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. His numerous awards and achievements include an honorary doctorate from Hamilton in 1995.

Bunch's accomplishments include stints with Benny Goodman, Woody Herman and Buddy Rich. He once conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and was musical director for Tony Bennett for many years. Today he works big jazz festivals throughout the world.

Haggart was one of the Swing era's most notable instrumentalists and arrangers. He first came to prominence with the Bob Crosby Orchestra where his "Big Noise from Winnetka" became the signature tune. He continues to be a major player in today's classic jazz scene, appearing at jazz festivals and lending his arranging skills to various artists.

Rosengarden has been a percussionist, bandleader, television celebrity and recording artist for almost 40 years. He was with the NBC-TV staff band for 20 years, working with conductor Arturo Toscanini. Today he performs with Soprano Summit, New York Jazz Repertory and The Trio with Milt Hinton.

Davern has established himself as one of the finest clarinetists in the world. He began playing professionally at age 16, and at 19 recorded with Jack Teagarden. Having toured and performed with Pee Wee Erwin, Buck Clayton and Eddie Condon, today he performs at jazz festivals and classic jazz recordings.

Barrett has performed for television and films and has been associated with big name bands, including those led by Benny Goodman and Woody Herman. New Yorker jazz critic John Wilson one wrote that Barrett is "...a player Duke Ellington would have loved." He is the co-leader of the Alden-Barrett Quintet.

Newsom still tours with the Tonight Show band, with whom he has performed for more than 30 years. He is a veteran of many classics, and has been praised as "a total reedman and an accomplished dead-pan comic."

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