Jazz Guitarist Paul Bollenback to Perform at UT Dallas Sept. 7

Aug. 30, 2007

The University of Texas at Dallas’ first jazz residency will feature composer and guitarist Paul Bollenback, who will give a concert and offer master classes for jazz students.

Bollenback will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 in the University’s Conference Center. He will be joined by vocalist Chris McNulty, saxophonist Gary Thomas, bassist Ed Howard and drummer Victor Lewis.

Bollenback has appeared on the Tonight Show, Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show and Good Morning America. He has played with musicians such as David “Fathead” Newman, James Moody, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Stanley Turrentine, Terri-Lyne-Carrington, Shunzo Ohno, Gary Bartz, Joe Locke, Charlie Byrd, Carter Jefferson,Carol Sloane, Steve Wilson, Grady Tate, Paul Bley, Jack McDuff, Geoffrey Keezer, Herb Ellis, Jimmy Bruno and Tim Garland.

Bollenback toured with Joey DeFrancesco for 16 years and released 14 recordings with DeFrancesco. In 1991, he was given the SESAC award for original music for two compositions featured on DeFrancesco’s Reboppin’. In 1997, Bollenback was named Musician of the Year at the Washington Area Music Awards. His album Brightness of Being was recently included on JazzWeek’s Top 100 CD’s for 2006. Robert Doershuk of Down Beat Magazine gave the album a glowing review, writing “Bollenback’s production is lustrous, his playing is exuberant.”

According to Vintage Guitar Magazine, he is “a wonderfully imaginative player” with “marvelous chops” whose “chord solo is true guitar art” featuring “wonderful intensity.” Nate Chinen of Jazz Times CD Review calls Bollenback “a remarkably versatile guitarist.”

More information about the concert is available at http://ah.utdallas.edu/season0708/bollenback.htm.

Tickets for the show are $20 for general admission and free at the door to UT Dallas students with a valid Comet Card. UT Dallas ticket office hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at the door one hour prior to show time. For advance ticket purchases using Visa, MasterCard or Discover, please call 972-883-2552.

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UT Dallas, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787) or e-mail utdarts@utdallas.edu. Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.

About the School of Arts & Humanities
The School of Arts & Humanities at UT Dallas offers a dynamic and integrated approach to education that fosters the critical, creative and communicative skills necessary for success in the culturally diverse, technologically rich and change-intensive environment of the 21st Century. For additional information about the School of Arts & Humanities, please visit the Web site at http://ah.utdallas.edu.

About UT Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 14,500 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UT Dallas, please visit the university’s Web site at www.utdallas.edu.


Contact: Kristi Barrus, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2972, kristi.barrus@utdallas.edu

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