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Traditional Jazz Series: Dena DeRose Quartet with special guest Eric Alexander, saxophone
The University Of New Hampshire Department Of Music Traditional Jazz Series welcomes the Dena DeRose Quartet with Dena DeRose, piano and vocals, Eric Alexander, saxophone, Martin Wind, bass, and Matt Wilson, drums.
Dena DeRose, jazz vocalist and pianist, has recorded 11 CD's as a leader, including her new CD released on May 22, 2014 on HighNote Records We Won't Forget You...An Homage to Shirley Horn. Her last recording, released in 2012, Travelin' Light (Maxjazz), was considered for a Grammy as well as garnering 4 stars in Downbeat, and was selected as one of the Albums of the Year by Downbeat, All about Jazz, and various online jazz publications. DeRose has also been an "Artist Deserving Wider Recognition" by Downbeat Critic's Poll in 2003, 2006, 2008, and 2013. She has performed at some of the most respected Jazz Festivals around the world such as Marciac (France), Monterey (CA), The North Sea (Holland), Providencia del Jazz (Santiago, Chile), The San Francisco (CA), The Red Sea (Israel), and world-renowned jazz clubs such as The Blue Note (NYC), Jazz Standard (NYC), Jazz Alley (Seattle), Yoshi's (CA), Montmartre (Copenhagen), The Widderbar (Zurich), Swing Hall, The Pit Inn, and Body and Soul (Tokyo). DeRose has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, and was a guest on Marian McPartlands' Piano Jazz numerous times including the 30th Anniversary show that was recorded live from Dizzy's Coca-Cola Jazz Club (NYC). Dena has shared the stage with Clark Terry, Tootie Heath, Bill Charlap, Ray Brown, Benny Golson, Benny Green, Mark Murphy, Gary Smulyan, Rufus Reid, Lewis Nash, Louis Hayes, Scott Hamilton, John Scofield, and many others. After residing in NYC for 15 years, DeRose moved to Graz, Austria and is tenured as the Professor for Jazz Voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. She continues to do performances, clinics, workshops, and master classes around the world.
Eric Alexander is recognized as one on the top tenor players of his generation, a group that includes players such as Joshua Redman, Chris Potter and David Sanchez to name a few. Alexander initially attended Indiana University in Bloomington where, as he puts it, he acted on "...an obsession with the tenor saxophone. He then transferred to William Paterson College in New Jersey where Harold Mabern was on the faculty. Alexander studied with Mabern as well as Rufus Reid and Joe Lovano. It was during his time at WPC that Alexander worked on his jazz conception including his robust sound on the tenor, a sound that has its foundation in that of John Coltrane, but is a warmer, fuller sound similar to that of George Coleman, one of Alexander's prime influences, Billy Pierce and Dexter Gordon. Combine this sound with Alexander's thoughtful approach to improvisation and the results are solos that are both lyrical and intense and very much in his own voice.
After graduating from WPC, Alexander relocated to Chicago where he worked in several organ combos, including his recording debut as a sideman with organ player Charles Earland. Alexander would also record his debut as a leader, "Straight Up" on Chicago's Delmark label, with Mabern on piano. In 1991, Alexander took part in the first Thelonious Monk Saxophone competition, finishing in second place behind Joshua Redman. Shortly thereafter, Alexander made the move to New York where he soon became involved with a community of like-minded players centered around sessions at a jazz club known as Augie's (now known as Smoke). Webber LeDonne was a part of this community. Alexander also worked with numerous other musicians in the city including George Mraz, Idris Muhammad, John Hicks and Pat Martino. In addition to his recordings for Delmark, Alexander has also recorded for Milestone, Criss Cross and currently records for the HighNote label.
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Tickets are $8 general admission; $6 students/senior citizens and are available at the PCAC Box Office (603) 862-PCAC (7222), Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., online at www.unharts.com, and at the door one hour prior to performance.