Traditional Jazz Series
2017-2018 39th SEASON
Jazz is alive and well at UNH!
All general admission tickets are $12.00; student/senior citizen tickets are $10.00.
Tickets available at the PCAC Box Office (603) 862-PCAC (7222), Monday-Friday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., online at www.unharts.com and at the door one hour prior to performance.
Season tickets are $50 for 6 events and are also available online at www.unharts.com. You may purchase season tickets by mail by sending a check payable to "Traditional Jazz" to the PCAC Box Office, 30 Academic Way, Durham, NH 03824. (No refunds due to cancellations)
Dave Liebman Big Band
Monday, September 11, 8:00 p.m.
The New York-based David Liebman Big Band (DLBB) under the direction of saxophonist Gunnar Mossblad is made up of some of New York’s most experienced and creative jazz musicians – performers who are recording artists in their own right. The DLBB features original compositions by Liebman, covering his various periods of his forty-plus year career. The arrangements by such well-known artists such as Vince Mendoza and Jim McNeely feature Lieb out front on soprano sax. Their three releases: Beyond the Line (Omnitone); Live: As Always (Mama Records) and Tribute To Wayne Shorter (Mama) have received critical acclaim. What makes the DLBB’s music interesting beyond the stellar performances is that each arrangement is by a different artist, therefore setting the stage for interesting stylistic contrasts in the repertoire, all reflecting the grand scale of Lieb’s eclectic tastes and skills. The DLBB breaks the bonds of traditional big-band sounds.
Delfeayo Marsalis Quartet
Monday, October 9, 8:00 p.m.
Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor...” (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is “...one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.” (Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner.) In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the nation’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. As a bandleader, Marsalis has earned wide acclaim for his first three albums as a leader: Pontius Pilate’s Decision (1992), Musashi (1997) and Minions Dominion (2006). His January 2011 release Sweet Thunder, his most ambitious project yet, is a modern interpretation of the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn suite Such Sweet Thunder. Rather than merely recreating the classic work, which is comprised of musical depictions of characters from William Shakespeare’s plays, Marsalis took the work as a point of departure for his octet, creating fresh and new music inspired by the original suite.
Benny Golson Quartet
Monday, November 6, 8:00 p.m.
Multitalented and internationally famous jazz legend, - a composer, arranger, lyricist, producer - and tenor saxophonist of world note, Benny Golson was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 25, 1929. Raised with an impeccable musical pedigree, Golson has played in the bands of world famous Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey. Few jazz musicians can claim to be true innovators and even fewer can boast of a performing and recording career that literally redefines the term "jazz". Benny Golson has made major contributions to the world of jazz with such jazz standards as: Killer Joe, I Remember Clifford, Along Came Betty, Stablemates Whisper Not, Blues March, Five Spot After Dark, Are you Real? Benny Golson is the only living jazz artist to have written 8 standards for jazz repertoire. These jazz standards have found their way into countless recordings internationally over the years and are still being recorded.
Donna Byrne Quartet
Monday, February 5, 8:00 p.m.
Donna Byrne is a jazz singer at the top of her game. With sultry good looks and a quick wit, Donna is not only a masterful singer, but also a true entertainer. Donna grew up with music in her blood. Encouraged by her father to sing and perform at the age of two, she first emerged as a professional singer on Cape Cod, where her talents caught the eye and encouragement of famed pianist, Dave McKenna. After a brief hiatus, Donna is back doing what she loves most: singing. Donna’s powerful voice, energetic personality, and life experiences give her music an almost spiritual feel, a soft and subtle charge which has brought admirations from jazz fans and the top artists in the industry. Her unforgettable performances have entertained audiences from L.A. to London, wowing audiences at venues throughout the world.
Sean Jones Quartet
Monday, April 2, 8:00 p.m.
Music and spirituality have always been fully intertwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter, composer, educator and activist Sean Jones. Singing and performing as a child with the church choir in his hometown of Warren, Ohio, Sean switched from the drums to the trumpet upon his first exposure to Miles Davis at the age of 10. Twenty-five years later, he still cites Miles’ overall artistic vision and purity of sound as his greatest personal influence. With Mack Avenue Records he has just released his seventh recording: im.pro.vise = never before seen. He’s currently performing with the quartet on his latest CD, who have been working together since 2007 – with pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Obed Calvaire. Clearly a passionately committed, heavily focused and deeply spiritual man, Sean relies upon his serious study of philosophy – especially that of 13th century theologian and mystic Meister Eckhardt; and Don Miguel Ruiz, whose vision is drawn from the ancient wisdom of the Toltec native people of Southern Mexico – to fuel the pursuit of his expansive and generous vision.
Bria Skonberg Quintet
Monday, April 23, 8:00 p.m.
Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg is described by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Recognized as one of “25 for the Future” by DownBeat magazine (Summer 2016), Skonberg is newly signed to Sony Music Masterworks’ OKeh Records, and released her debut LP, simply titled BRIA in September 2016, which won a Canadian JUNO award and made it to the top 5 on Billboard. Her second Sony album WITH A TWIST shows another collaboration with producer Matt Pierson as well as multiple Grammy award winner Gil Goldstein. Bria has performed at some 100 festivals worldwide. She is the co-founder of the New York Hot Jazz Camp and New York Hot Jazz Festival. Further accolades include Best Vocal and Best Trumpet awards from Hot House Jazz Magazine (2014-15), Outstanding Jazz Artist at the New York Bistro Awards (2014), a DownBeat Rising Star (2013-15), and a nominee for Jazz Journalists' Association Up and Coming Artist (2013).
Monday, September 18, 8:00 p.m.
Faculty Jazz Sextet
Johnson Theatre, PCAC.
Free and open to the public
Tuesday, January 23, 8:00 p.m.
Harry Jones Memorial Concert with the Seacoast Big Band
David Seiler, director
Johnson Theatre, PCAC.
A ticketed event
The Traditional Jazz Concert Series is made possible by a generous gift from the estate of Ms. Dorothy C. Prescott. Ms. Prescott, in collaboration with the UNH Music Department, inaugurated the Series in 1979 as a way to promote the enjoyment and understanding of the art of jazz. The Series features musicians of regional, national and international prominence and has become an important tradition at the University of New Hampshire. Learn more.