SRJC Jazz Ensembles directed by Joe Perea
With special guest, Bob Curnow
Thursday October 15, 2009 7:30pm Burbank Auditorium
$10 General Admission/$5 Students and Seniors
Free jazz composition/arranging workshop
Thursday October 15, 2009 at 1:30pm in Forsyth Room 115 (Band Hall)
Bob Curnow (born in Easton, PA) was a trombonist with The Stan Kenton Orchestra, touring all of the United States, Great Britain, Scotland and Wales (1963). In 1973, he began a four-year stint as the A & R Director, arranger, composer, record producer and general manager for Kenton's Creative World Records. He produced over 30 LPs for Kenton, and his arrangements and compositions can be heard on six Stan Kenton albums.
Curnow had the great honor of being inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Association of Jazz Education in January, 1999. Also in that Hall of Fame are Louis Armstrong, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Billy Taylor, and Benny Carter among others.
From 1976 to 1987 Curnow was the Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at California State University in Los Angeles, where he conducted the No. 1 Jazz Ensemble, the Brass Ensemble, Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble. Prior to that time, he taught at Michigan State University (1964-67) and Case Western Reserve University (1967-73). He spent 22 years teaching at the university level and left full-time teaching with the rank of Full Professor.
He has been a guest conductor of symphony orchestras (Boston Pops, Cleveland Philharmonic, Florida Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, etc.) and All-State Jazz Ensembles (New York, Georgia, Washington, Wisconsin, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, etc.) throughout the United States. He also conducted the MENC All-Northwest Jazz Ensemble two times. For eight years (1981-89), Curnow served as the director of the McDonald's All-American High School Jazz Band, helping to discover such talents as Christopher Hollyday, Geoff Keezer, Don Braden, Herb Harrison (w/Marcus Roberts), Wycliffe Gordon (w/Wynton Marsalis), Greg Gisbert and Tony Kadlick (w/Woody Herman), John Bailey, Javon Jackson, John Medeski, Kenny Rampton, Delfaeyo Marsalis and many other now-prominent "heavy-weights."
Two recent recordings, Bob Curnow's L.A. Big Band: The Music of Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays, and Bob Curnow & the SWR Big Band (Stuttgart, Germany) are both widely acclaimed.
Bob is the owner/president of Sierra Music Publications, located in Liberty Lake, WA, publisher of the Stan Kenton Orchestra Library, the Doc Severinsen Library, the Benny Carter Series, the Oliver Nelson Library, the music of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, the Maynard Ferguson "Birdland Dream Band" Library, the amazing music of Bill Holman, Shorty Rogers, David Baker, Les Hooper, Bill Potts, Lennie Niehaus and many other great jazz composers. For more information, visit www.sierramusicstore.com.
Jazz Vocalist Madeline Eastman performing with the Bennett Friedman Quintet
Friday October 23, 2009, 8:00pm Newman Auditorium
$10 General Admission/$5 Students
Madeline Eastman has been lauded for her original, "hip" take on the music prompting CD Review to write, "She doesn't tinker aimlessly, she reconstructs with purpose. She lays depth charges right from the beginning." Don Heckman of the LA Times called Madeline "a consummate, inventive, endlessly entertaining artist at work." Eastman was recognized as "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" in DownBeat International Critics Poll, and twice recognized as one of the "Top Female Vocalists" in DownBeat International Readers Poll. She has recorded seven CDs featuring such luminaries as Tony Williams, Cedar Walton, Phil Woods, and Kenny Barron. Barron also joined Madeline on a soon-to-be-released album they recorded with Amsterdam's famed 50-piece Metropole Orchestra under the direction of Vince Mendoza. Splitting her time between touring and teaching, she developed and heads the Vocal Department at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. She is Artistic Director of Jazzcamp West and is a clinician/teacher at the Monterey Jazz Summer Camp. She developed and heads The Voiceshop Retreats, held in Incline Village and New York City.