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2013 Western Illinois University Jazz Festival
The 40th Annual Western Illinois University Jazz Festival will be held Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13, 15-16, 2013. On Wednesday evening, there will be a jam session at Cafe' Aroma beginning at 7:00 pm.
Friday’s main event will be concerts by the WIU Jazz Band and Jazz Studio Orchestra featuring Marvin Stamm, trumpet virtuoso and recording artist.
Throughout his distinguished career, Marvin Stamm has been praised for both the art and the craft of trumpet playing. Leonard Feather stated that “Mr. Stamm is an accomplished performer whose technical skill is used as a means to stimulating original ends.”
While attending North Texas State University, a school noted for its innovative lab bands, Mr. Stamm was discovered by Stan Kenton. Upon graduating, he performed with the Kenton's orchestra as his jazz trumpet soloist 1961-1962, recording five albums with the orchestra. In 1965-1966, he toured worldwide with Woody Herman.
Marvin Stamm settled in New York City in late 1966, quickly establishing himself as a busy jazz and studio trumpeter. New York was bustling with jazz activity during that period, and Stamm performed at key venues with many of the significant players in the business. He gained considerable recognition for his playing with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (1966-1972) and the Duke Pearson Big Band (1967-1970), as well as performing with Frank Sinatra (1973-1974) and the Benny Goodman Sextet (1974-1975), among others.
Stamm was also a recognized first-call studio player (1966-1989). Some of the jazz artists with whom he recorded include Bill Evans, Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson, Duke Pearson, Thad Jones, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Patrick Williams, Michel Legrand, Lena Horne, Frank Foster, Paul Desmond, George Benson, and many other popular artists of the period as well.
Eschewing the lucrative studio scene in the late 80s, Mr. Stamm has focused his attention on his first love, playing jazz. Over his career, he has been a member of John Lewis' American Jazz Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Band, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Louis Bellson's big band and/or quintet and, on a number of occasions, performed with the big band of composer Maria Schneider. For more information about Mr. Stamm please visit his site: http://marvinstamm.com/bio.html
Public $15; Senior Citizen $10; Youth $7; WIU Student FREE with valid University ID. Tickets available at the Hainline Box Office and at the event.
And, on Saturday, we expect our lineup for middle/junior high and senior high school jazz bands to be outstanding, as usual. Our guest artist/clinician will again perform with JSO on Saturday afternoon.
For band directors, check the links on this site for Jazz Festival materials (invitation, flyer, schedule, entry form, concert ticket form, and lodging information). Early registration deadline for entries is December 1st, and after that date, it will be at the higher rate.
For additional information about the Festival, please contact: University Bands, Sallee 202/204, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455; PH 309-298-1505; Fax 309-298-1499; or e-mail email@example.com.
For the general public who wish to attend, Friday night concert tickets are available at: Hainline Theatre Box Office, Browne Hall 114, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb IL 61455; PH 309/298-2900. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 12:00-5:00 P.M.
Hope to see you all there!
John Cooper, Ph.D
Director of Jazz Studies
Western Illinois University
For more information, please contact to WIU Bands Office, Phone (309) 298-1505, or Email to JB-Cooper@wiu.edu