NY Jazz Trombonist to Play With Student Group

Oct. 22, 2009

The School of Arts and Humanities presents renowned jazz trombonist, composer and arranger John Fedchock performing with the UT Dallas Jazz Ensemble at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the University Theatre.

Admission is $20; tickets are available online at ah.utdallas.edu/tickets.

Fedchock will perform the first half of the concert with the UT Dallas Jazz Ensemble, a big band made up of UT Dallas students. The second half will feature Fedchock with guest artists Ed Soph, Carl Hillman, Rodney Booth and Kelly Durbin. Big band numbers will include Fedchock’s compositions A Drop in the Bucket, Easy Goin', Blues over Easy, Bossa Rio, Midnight Passage and Skylight.

The UT Dallas Jazz Ensemble is directed by UT Dallas faculty member Kelly Durbin. Its repertoire draws from music throughout the history of jazz ranging from artists such as The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Weather Report.

Trombonist, bandleader and arranger Fedchock is considered one of New York City’s premier jazz artists. The John Fedchock New York Big Band showcases Fedchock’s trombone playing and arranging, as well as the band’s all-star soloists. The band has recorded four critically acclaimed CDs for Reservoir Music, New York Big Band, On The Edge, Up & Running and No Nonsense. Fedchock was nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” for his work on the latter.

Fedchock began his career in 1980 with the legendary Woody Herman Orchestra. He toured with Herman’s “Thundering Herd” for seven years as musical director and featured soloist. He served as musical coordinator and chief arranger in the production of the orchestra’s Grammy-nominated albums 50th Anniversary Tour and Woody’s Gold Star.

Fedchock has also toured with T.S. Monk, Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band, Louie Bellson’s Big Band, the Bob Belden Ensemble, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. As a solo artist, he has appeared throughout the United States and abroad.

The University Theatre is located near Drive C in the center of the UT Dallas campus, 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson. For more information, visit www.utdallas.edu/ah/events/


Media Contact: Meredith Dickenson, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, meredith.dickenson@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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John Fedchock

Trombonist, bandleader and arranger, Fedchock is considered one of New York City’s premier jazz artists.

The UT Dallas Jazz Ensemble

The UT Dallas Jazz Ensemble is directed by UT Dallas faculty member Kelly Durbin.

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