Hamilton to host High School Jazz Festival on April 24th - Hamilton College
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Hamilton to host High School Jazz Festival on April 24th


The Hamilton College Department of Music hosts the annual high school jazz festival on Friday, April 24, in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts. The jazz festival will culminate in a free concert at 7:30 pm in Wellin Hall and will feature jazz ensembles from Ilion, Oswego, Baldwinsville and the Liverpool school districts with guest jazz artists. This event is free and open to the public.

Clinicians for the Jazz Festival include:

Bassist Keter Betts has performed on nundreds of recordings throughout his career. He is especially known for his long association with Ella Fitzgerald and can be heard on records with Tommy Flanagan, Junior Mance, Count Basie, Cannonball Adderly and many other major artists.

Houston Person is one of the leading tenor saxophonists in jazz today. He has lead his own band for most of his career, recording for the Muse and Prestige labels. Houston has collaborated frequently with vocalist Etta Jones and his sound embodies the best of jazz and rhythm and blues.

Drummer Ed Shaughnessy has been the driving force behind the Count Basie Orchestra, The Benny Goodman Sextet and the Tonight Show Orchestra. He has performed on a long list of classic recordings and led the big band "Energy Force." He is on the road constantly, working as a clinician and guest soloist.

Multi talented trumpeter Byron Strilping has held the lead trumpet chair with the orchestras of Count Basie, The GRP All Star Big Band and Woody Herman. He has appeared on stage in "Satchmo" and "From 2nd Avenue to Braodway." Byron is a pops orchestra favoratie and has performed with the Boston Pops, the Virginia Symphony and the American Jazz Philharmonic. He received his musical education at Eastman and Interlochen and is in demand as a jazz clinician and motivational speaker.

Guitarist Carmen Caramanica has acted as musical director for Lou Rawls, Tony Orlando nad Racquel Welch. He can be heard in jazz clubs across central NY and is in great demand as a guitar instructor.

Dr. Michael Woods is the Director of the Hamilton College Jazz Ensemble.

Monk Rowe is an instructor of saxophone at Hamilton College and Director of the Hamilton College Jazz Archive.

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