Jazz students, faculty to perform with guest artist
Award-winning jazz composer, trumpet player and educator, John Raymond, will serve a guest residency at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) during the month of October, culminating in a concert with jazz students and faculty members.
Raymond won the 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and was recently selected by Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Poll as a Trumpet “Rising Star.” He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and has performed with prominent jazz artists and recorded with Grammy Award-nominated singer Sara Bareilles and at Austin City Limits Music Festival. His album “Foreign Territory” was released in 2015 to critical acclaim, and his latest album “Real Feels” was also well received and marked with a 24-city tour in 2016.
Raymond has taught at the United Nations School International School in New York, and began teaching at the University of Indiana this fall. He has been a guest soloist and clinician at schools around the world.
Raymond will be on campus Thursday, Oct. 5 and Friday, Oct. 6, sponsored by the UWSP Jazz Society student organization. He will work closely with students during the residency, leading several master classes.
He will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in Michelsen Hall of the Noel Fine Arts Center, joined by the UWSP Jazz Ensemble, Professor Mathew Buchman on piano, Professor David Hastings on saxophone, Lecturer Ryan Korb on drums and Associate Professor Dave Story on bass.
The concert will include several of Raymond’s compositions, including “Where we Grew Up,” “Onward,” and “En Route,” as well as an arrangement of Kenny Wheeler’s “Mark Time,” “Transit” by Darcey James Argue, and Duke Ellington’s “Portrait of Louis Armstrong,” from his “New Orleans Suite.”
Concert tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for UWSP students, faculty, and youth. If tickets are not sold out, they will be free for UWSP students with a valid UWSP I.D.
Tickets are available at the University Information and Tickets Office in the Dreyfus University Center, by calling 715-346-4100 or 800-838-3378, or at tickets.uwsp.edu. They may also be purchased at the door if available.
Proceeds will go towards benefitting student scholarships.