Thursday, February 26, 2009

United Trombone Summit at University of Indianapolis

Saturday, Feb. 28 – UIndy Jazz Festival.

United Trombone Summit

Featuring Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Curtis Fuller and Bill Watrous
Admission: $20 general; $10 seniors; free for kids 18 and younger and
college students with ID

Saturday, 7:30pm. The evening concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in Ruth
Lilly Performance Hall of UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center,
1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana.

Four world-class trombonists team up for this exciting event. Hampton,
who grew up in Indianapolis, has a storied career that spans decades
and includes performances with fellow greats like Dizzy Gillespie,
Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. In 2005, the Grammy-winner received the Jazz
Master Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Internationally renowned trombonist and seashellist Turre has been a
member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984 and is on the
faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. The California native has
toured with Ray Charles and is a frequent winner of both readers’ and
critics’ polls in JazzTimes, DownBeat, and Jazziz for best trombonist
and best miscellaneous instrumentalist (seashells).

Fuller, a Detroit native, began playing the trombone at age 16. He
honed his skills in a military band before landing in New York and
making his recording debut in 1955. A charter member of the Jazztet
with Benny Golson and Art Farmer, Fuller has toured with Dizzy
Gillespie and Count Basie and has recorded for Blue Note, Prestige,
United Artists and Savoy, among other labels.

Bop-oriented Watrous’ credits include playing in the house band for
The Merv Griffin Show and working on the CBS staff in the 1960s. His
later career includes studio and club gigs as well as leading his own
big band. The Connecticut native has recorded with Quincy Jones,
Maynard Ferguson, Johnny Richards and Woody Herman, and as a leader on
several labels.

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