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Oberlin Jazz Septet's January Tour Includes a Performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Dec. 22, 2008

By Charlotte Landrum

Photo by Rachel Cotterman

The Oberlin Jazz Septet (OJS), an ensemble featuring some of the most talented young musicians studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, will take their music on the road this January. From January 20 to 28, 2009, the OJS will play concerts and lead workshops for aspiring young musicians in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia.

The first public concert of the tour is on Tuesday, January 20 at the Rhythm House Cafe in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania; sets are at 8 and 9:45 p.m. On Wednesday, January 21, at 8 p.m., the OJS will play at Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia. Named “Best Jazz Club” by Philadelphia magazine in 2007, Chris’ is “the place jazz musicians go to hear jazz” in the city of brotherly love, according to Yahoo! Travel. The following day, the OJS travels to New York City for a 7:30 p.m. performance at Cachaça, a Greenwich Village club with “a steller lineup” and “amazing acoustics,” according to New York Post blogger Javier Orellana. On Monday, January 26, the band moves uptown to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, part of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Their 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. sets at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola will be dedicated to the late jazz tumpeter and Oberlin alumnus Dick Sudhalter, who died in September 2008. One of New York’s top jazz venues, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola’s Monday night “Upstarts!” series is dedicated to emerging players such as those in the OJS. The final performance of the tour will take place on January 28 at Papa Ningo in Richmond, Virginia; the septet will play 8 and 9:45 p.m. sets.

In addition to their jazz club gigs, OJS members will make stops at several high schools and arts magnet schools, offering concerts and workshops for younger players. The OJS will visit Pittsburgh CAPA High School on January 20; Philadelphia High School for the Performing Arts on January 22; LaGuardia High School in New York City on January 23; Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. on January 27; and Hugenot High School in Richmond, Virginia on January 28.

About the Oberlin Jazz Septet (OJS)
Formed annually, the Oberlin Jazz Septet is a small jazz ensemble directed by Peter Dominguez, Professor of Jazz Studies and Double Bass at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. The ensemble is made up of students nominated by the Conservatory’s Jazz Studies faculty, and represents the most outstanding jazz student performers, arrangers, and composers at Oberlin. This year’s OJS members are: guitarist Jamey Arent ’09, of Denver, CO, a student of Associate Professor of Jazz Guitar Bobby Ferrazza; bassist Kevin Kearney ’09, of Pittsburgh, PA, a student of Professor Dominguez; pianist Andrew Lawrence ’09, of Chicago, IL, a student of Professor of Jazz Piano Dan Wall and Professor of Piano Sanford Margolis; drummer Alex Edward Morris ’10, of Prescott, AZ, a student of Associate Professor of Jazz Percussion Billy Hart; trumpeter Truan Savage ’09, of New York, NY, a student of Visiting Professor of Jazz Trumpet Marcus Belgrave; trombonist Corey Wilcox ’11, of Jacksonville, FL, a student of Associate Professor of Jazz Trombone Robin Eubanks; and saxophonist David Wise ’11, of High Point, NC, a student of Visiting Professor of Jazz Saxophone Gary Bartz. The ensemble is managed by Emily Lawyer, a Conservatory senior majoring in classical trumpet.

The OJS performs original compositions and arrangements of classic jazz tunes. Over the years, the OJS has performed in almost every major U.S. city, including appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and the Detroit, Elmhurst, and Notre Dame jazz festivals. Members of the septet prepare the group’s business plan for performing, recording, touring, and teaching throughout the year, learning invaluable business and real-life lessons. Performances by the OJS of original compositions by Oberlin students have also been featured on the compilation CDs produced and distributed each October by JAZZIZ magazine.

The following tour events are open to the public. All dates, times, and locations are subject to change.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 8 & 9:45 p.m.
Oberlin Jazz Septet
Rhythm House Cafe
3029 Washington Pike
Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
Cost: $7 General Admission
412-221-5010 or

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 8-11 p.m.
Oberlin Jazz Septet
Chris’ Jazz Café
1421 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cost: $10 General Public, $5 Students and Faculty with Oberlin ID
215-568-3131 or

Thursday, January 22, 2009, 7:30-11 p.m.
Oberlin Jazz Septet
35 W. 8th St.
New York, New York
Cost: $10 General Admission; plus $5 food/beverage minimum
212-388-9099 or

Monday, January 26, 2009, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
Oberlin Jazz Septet and special guests
In memory of Dick Sudhalter
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York, New York
Cost: $20 General Public, $10 Students with ID; plus $10 food/beverage minimum per table, or $5 at the bar.
212-258-9595 or 

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 8 & 9:45 p.m.
Oberlin Jazz Septet
Papa Ningo
1705 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia
Cost: $5 General Admission
804-775-2440 or

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