06 Mar Jazz Concert: Saturday, April 29
Max Colley Jr. Performing Arts Center (inside Northview High School at 4451 Hunsberger NE) is the place to be on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. The evening’s program begins with a couple of numbers by the Crossroads Middle School Jazz Band followed by selections by the award-winning Northview HS Jazz Ensemble with guest artist saxophonist Chris Vadala. Vadala also performs in a combo with Steve Talaga (piano), Tom Lockwood (bass) and Fred Knapp on drums. The cost of admission at the door is $5 for students/senior citizens and $10 for adults.
Mr. Vadala is well-known for his saxophone work with the Chuck Mangione Quartet, which included performances in all 50 states and more than 20 countries. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music and currently serves as director of Jazz Studies and Saxophone Professor at the University of Maryland. He is one the country’s foremost woodwind artists in jazz and classical music. Vadala has performance credits on five gold and two platinum albums, plus two Grammy awards, two Emmys, one George Award and one Golden Globe. He has either performed or recorded with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, BB King, Quincy Jones, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Placido Domingo, Sarah Vaughn, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross.
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