Dan Haerle Quartet
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall
Dan Haerle is a composer, performer, educator, and ambassador of jazz piano. He is a Regents Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas where he taught 34 years. He is an active jazz clinician nationally and internationally and has authored instructional material used by thousands of musicians worldwide. He was elected a member of the International Association of Jazz Education Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2012, at the Jazz Education Network conference in Louisville, he was recognized along with Jamey Aebersold, David Baker and Jerry Coker as they became the inaugural class of the LeJENds of Jazz award. Through participation in a variety of educational programs, his focused attention has benefitted countless musicians from youth to professional. Dan has performed with Clark Terry, Pat Metheny, David Liebman, Freddie Hubbard, and numerous other modern jazz leaders. He has recorded multiple albums with his trio and quartet, featuring his own music as well as jazz standards. He continues to teach jazz piano and improvisation on line and at the Dallas School of Music. He is available for residencies and concerts with his trio or quartet. Contact: http://www.danhaerle.com
Brad Leali is an Associate Professor of jazz saxophone at the prestigious University of North Texas. In addition to studio teaching, Leali teaches jazz performance fundamentals and directs the Three O’Clock Lab Band. Leali received his bachelor’s degree in music education from UNT in 1989, where he played with the One O’Clock Lab Band. After earning his Master’s degree from Rutgers University in 2005, he was appointed head of the jazz program at Texas Tech University. From 1989-1994, Leali was lead alto saxophonist for the Harry Connick Jr. Orchestra, serving as its musical director from 1990-1994. In 1995, he joined the Count Basie Orchestra, earning a Grammy nomination for his solo work on Count Plays Duke. Leali has since recorded five CDs, including Maria Juanez (2006), featuring his own compositions and jazz orchestra, and DA’s Time with his quartet (2008). He has performed at legendary venues, including the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Iridium, Birdland, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center, with legends such as Nancy Wilson, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Jimmy Cobb, and Benny Golson. His television appearances include the Today show, Arsenio Hall, Jay Leno, and President Obama’s “We Are One” inaugural celebration. Most recently he has accepted the featured saxophone solo chair with the Lyle Lovett Orchestra.
Ed Soph’s career spans forty years as a performer, recording artist, author, and teacher. Ed’s performing and recording credits include the big bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Bill Watrous, and Clark Terry. Small group associations include Clark Terry, Dave Liebman, Bobby Shew, Lee Konitz, Marvin Stamm, Carl Fontana, John Abercrombie, Joe Henderson, Slide Hampton, Randy Brecker, and Bill Evans. Ed is currently a professor of jazz studies in the College of Music of the University of North Texas.
Bassist James Driscoll has been an active member of the DFW music scene for 20 years and has performed with Dan Haerle, George Garzone, Joe McBride, Ed Soph, Doc Severinsen and many more. After earning a BM in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas, he began an adjunct faculty position at Richland College (DCCCD) where he teaches bass performance. In addition, he operates a small studio in Dallas where he composes for music production libraries and mixes and masters artist recordings.
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