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Grammy nominees to perform at jazz festival


Renowned musicians will join KU performers at the 25th annual jazz festival

By Laura Rodts

The 25th annual KU Jazz Festival, April 11-13, will welcome two Grammy nominees to the celebration. Fred Hersch, pianist and composer, and Maria Schneider, composer and bandleader, will be the featured artists for this year’s festival.

Hersch, whom The New Yorker magazine calls “a poet of a pianist,” will perform a solo piano concert Friday, April 12. He has released 18 albums as a solo artist or bandleader, two of which were nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance. His most recent release, Songs Without Words, is a three-volume work that highlights his own musical pieces as well as those of classic jazz performers, including Duke Ellington and Cole Porter.


April 5, 2002
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Composer aand bandleader Maria Schneidner is one of two Grammy-nominated musicians that wil participate in this year’s KU jazz festival April 11-13.

Schneider will direct the KU Jazz Ensemble I, the university’s premier big-band group, on Saturday, April 13. She received Grammy Award nominations for Coming About and Allégresse, which Time magazine listed as one of the top 10 musical releases of 2000. She worked with composer Gil Evans early in her career, assisting him with music for thhe movie, The Color of Money and Sting’s 1987 European tour.

Dan Gailey, associate professor and director of jazz studies, said he was looking forward to Schneider’s arrival.

“Schneider is arguably the best big-band composer right now,” Gailey said. “And her music is so difficult and challenging that very few college bands can play it. We’re honored she recognizes that KU students can bring her compositions to life.”

The KU Jazz Festival is a non-competitive festival devoted to the education and appreciation of jazz music.

Now in its 25th year, the festival is as much about education as it is about performance. After the KU Jazz Singers launch the event on Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday are devoted, in part, to clinics for big bands and combos.

A schedule of events and information is available at www.ku.edu/~sfa and at the Department of Music and Dance, 864-3436.

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Fred Hersch, who has been called a “poet of a pianist” by The New Yorker will perform a solo concert during the 25th annual KU jazz festival.


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