Oberlin Jazz Septet Winter Tour Includes Stops in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
Jan. 20, 2006
By Marci Janas '91
The Oberlin Jazz Septet (OJS) is traveling to seven cities in the eastern and southeastern United States in a tour that runs from Jan. 17 through Jan. 31. Among the venues they will play is the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. While on tour, the OJS also visits local high schools for educational outreach activities.
The group has received critical acclaim on prior tours, and individual members of the ensemble have performed at such venues as White House and Lincoln Center, in South Africa and in New Orleans, and alongside such jazz masters as Wynton and Ellis Marsalis and Jimmy Heath.
The OJS will perform in Richmond, Virginia, as part of the Richmond Jazz Society's Guest Educator Series and visit Huguenot High School for an outreach exchange with students.
In Washington, D.C., they will appear at DC Twins Jazz and perform outreach at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
In Philadelphia, they will perform at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus, named one of the top 50 jazz clubs in the U.S. by Downbeat magazine. They will also visit the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
In Durham, North Carolina, they will visit the Durham School of the Arts and give a performance at the school's Weaver Auditorium. They will also visit the North Carolina School of the Arts at Winston-Salem.
In Jacksonville, Florida, they will appear at the Café Bolero, where proceeds from their concert will benefit Sickle Cell Children of Jacksonville, and visit the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.
At the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, site of last year's Montreux-Atlanta Music Festival, the OJS will share the bill with Gwen Hughes and her trio. They will also visit Henry W. Grady High School.
The last stop on the tour, Louisville, Kentucky, will have the ensemble performing at the Jazz Factory and visiting the Youth Performing Arts School.
Members of the OJS are nominated each year by the jazz studies faculty and represent Oberlin's most outstanding student performers, arrangers, and composers.
The OJS is directed by Peter Dominguez, professor of jazz studies and double bass. OJS members are:
• Allie Bosso '06 from Simsbury, Connecticut, a student of Associate Professor of Jazz Trombone Robin Eubanks;
• saxophonist Johnny Butler '06 from Seattle, Washington, a student of Visiting Professor of Jazz Saxophone Gary Bartz;
• guitarist Andrew Conklin '06 from Wyndmoore, Pennsylvania, a student of Associate Professor of Jazz Guitar Robert Ferrazza;
• trumpeter Theodore Croker '07 from Leesburg, Florida, a student of Visiting Professor of Jazz Trumpet Marcus Belgrave and grandson of the legendary trumpet player Doc Cheatham;
• pianist Sullivan Fortner '08 from LaPlace, Louisiana, a student of visiting teacher of jazz piano Dan Wall; and
• double bassist Curtis Ostle '06 from Chevy Chase, Maryland, a student of Professor of Jazz Studies and Double Bass Peter Dominguez.
In past years the OJS has been featured at the Detroit, Elmhurst, and Notre Dame jazz festivals, at performance venues in Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Denver, at Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and at many high schools and arts programs throughout the United States. Their performance repertoire includes original compositions and arrangements of classic jazz.