This concert will premier the UT Dallas Acoustic Trio, with Kelly Durbin on piano, John Adams on bass, and Winston Stone on woodwinds.
Selections for performance will be:
Two for the Road
It might as well be spring
In a Mellow Tone
Winston Stone graduated from the State University of New York with a Bachelor of Music in music education and a Masters of Music in clarinet performance and from The University of Texas at Dallas with a Ph.D. in aesthetic studies. Originally from New York City, Stone has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and in numerous Off-Broadway theaters. Other credits include principal clarinet in the Brooklyn Opera Society, Cosmopolitan Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan Savoyards and Atlantic Wind Symphony and performances with Casa Mañana Musicals, Dream Collectors, Texas Winds, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Fort Worth-Dallas Ballet, Richardson Symphony and The Dallas Opera. He has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Arundel Music Festival, Arundel Castle, England and with such artists as Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin and Marvin Hamlisch. Stone has served as an instructor of woodwinds, music theory and composition at Cedar Valley College and music theory at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Music and the Arts at UT Dallas and Director of the Wind Ensemble.
Kelly Durbin has been a full time faculty member at the University of Texas at Dallas since 1995. He was originally hired to create and direct a jazz ensemble at UTD. Shortly thereafter, he proposed adding classes in digital music/MIDI and was granted the opportunity to create a MIDI lab. He also added classes in music fundamentals, jazz history, jazz and commercial piano, jazz theory, jazz small group, and jazz improvisation.
An M.M. graduate in jazz studies from the University of North Texas’ College of Music, Kelly Durbin brings over 35 years of performing experience to his teaching. He currently remains active as a jazz pianist performing at local and regional festivals and venues, often with international jazz artists. A partial list of the musicians he's performed with includes: Barry Lee Hall and the Ellington Small Band, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Greg Bissonnette, Cornell DuPree, Charlie Young, Shelley Carroll, James Clay, Jay Clayton, LeRoy Cooper, Hank Crawford, Chris DeRose, Duane Durrett, Mack Goldsbury, Jimmy Greene, Fred Hamilton, Billy Hart, Butch Miles, Tom Morrell, David “Fathead” Newman, Chuck Rainey, Lynn Seaton, Ed Soph, Frank Tiberi, Rosanna Vitro, and Sebastian Whittaker. He was a long-time member of the Marchel Ivery Quintet, as well as ensembles led by bassist James Gilyard and saxophonist Wayne Delano. He can be heard on recordings by Wayne Delano, Chris DeRose, James Gilyard, and Mack Goldsbury.
Prior to arriving at the University of Texas at Dallas, Kelly Durbin taught jazz piano and traditional class piano at Cedar Valley College. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas, where he taught advanced jazz theory, jazz aural skills, and jazz small group. During his graduate studies at UNT, he was granted the Teaching Fellowship in jazz piano for two years. He studied piano at UNT with Dan Haerle, Steve Harlos, and Bob Rogers.
Kelly Durbin serves as head of the UTD Arts and Performance Jazz Advisory Board, where he plays in integral role in the planning and implementation of the annual Jazz Series. The Jazz Series provides an opportunity for UTD students to hear international jazz artists perform, as well as to interact with them in an informal lecture and workshop setting. He performs an annual concert at UTD, in addition to other faculty recitals. He is often invited to lecture, conduct workshops, adjudicate, and perform jazz in universities, high schools, museums, and arts centers. He also served for two years as a member of the UTD Academic Senate.
An accomplished acoustic and electric bassist, John Adams is one of the Southwest’s most in-demand jazz, pop and studio musicians. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas where he also served as the jazz bass professor for ten years. Adams has backed vocalists Mel Torme and Rosemary Clooney, and jazz stars such as Woody Herman, Randy Brecker, Carl Fontana, Chet Baker, Clark Terry and Dave Liebman. His broad musical background has also included extensive pop, orchestral and show work, such as The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Ballet Orchestra and Dallas Summer Musicals. Adams’ solo recordings include “Jump Shot,” featuring New York and regional musicians, the live-recording “Fly By Night,” and the acclaimed “With You in Mind,” which was released nationwide and features top musicians for Dallas, Austin and Los Angeles, and has recently completed a striking release, “The John Adams Group - Live!”