ISU hosts Jazzfest Feb. 28

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
February 13, 2009

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Indiana State University will host a day of jazz Feb. 28 with performances by 28 middle and high school jazz bands and guest artist Conrad Herwig, a jazz trombonist.

The 32nd annual Jazzfest will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. as groups take the stage in Tilson Auditorium and the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Room 159. Bands and combos from Terre Haute, Crown Point, Bloomington, Valparaiso and Edgewood are scheduled to perform in front of judges, who will offer assistance in becoming a better musician.

A concert by Herwig will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

Herwig began his professional career in 1980 with the Clark Terry Big Band and later joined the Buddy Rich Orchestra for tours of the US and Europe. After moving to New York he performed with Slide Hampton's World of Trombones and Mario Bauza's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, as well as with the orchestras of Toshiko Akiyoshi, Mel Lewis, Bob Mintzer, Henry Threadgill, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, and Frank Sinatra.

He has also performed and recorded with Red Garland, Dave Liebman's Sextet, the Max Roach Sextet, Bob Stewart, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez and many others.

The New York jazz trombonist has recorded 17 albums. Two of his CD releases, "Sketches of Spain y Mas" and "Another Kind of Blue-The Latin Side of Miles Davis," were nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award. Both are follow-up projects to the 1998 Grammy-nominated CD, "The Latin Side of John Coltrane".

He has conducted master classes, seminars, and workshops at major universities and conservatories around the world including the Sibelius Academy, Finland; the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin; the University of Koln, Germany; Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY; and the University of Southern California.

Herwig is a recipient of performance and teaching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently professor of Jazz trombone at Rutgers University.

One of the most in-demand jazz educators, he is a Conn-Selmer clinician and performs exclusively on Bach Stradivarius trombones.

Jazzfest day activities are free and open to the public. Admission to the evening concert is $8 for adults and $5 for ISU students with a valid student ID.

The festival is organized by the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity and the Music Industry Association. For more information, call the department of music at 812-237-2771.

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Contact: Nick DeJarlais, Phi Mu Alpha, ndejarlais@indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing (812) 237-3783, pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu