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WTAMU Jazz Program to Host James Carter Organ Trio in Concert

Jan. 9, 2014

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Jazz Program to Host James Carter Organ Trio in Concert

CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M University jazz program will host another evening of great music when it presents the James Carter Organ Trio in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. WTAMU’s jazz groups will provide pre-show entertainment in the lobby beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The trio, saxophonist Carter along with Gerard Gibbs, Hammond B3, and Leonard King, drums, will entertain the audience with a program of jazz works ranging from blues and funk to gospel and ballads. They also will share their talents with WTAMU students in special clinics at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 in Mary Moody Northen Hall, Room 1010 and at a improvisation clinic at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall. For more information about the clinics, call the music office at 806-651-2840.

Carter, a jazz marquee artist for more than two decades, has been playing the saxophone since the age of 11. The Detroit native made his debut recording with JC on the Set when he was just 23. He now has more than 10 recordings to his credit. Carter first met organist Gibbs in the 1980s, and he’s known drummer King since they were teenagers together in King’s group Strata Nova. The three work on individual projects and as a long-standing group with an impressive repertoire of jazz numbers.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our jazz students and the community to have this kind of guest group here,” Dr. Nicholas Scales, assistant professor of music, said. “I know I speak for my  fellow director, Doug Storey, when I say that we are so proud of the great things that students in the WT jazz program have accomplished, and we want the area to get to hear them as well as some rarely heard, amazing top-tier jazz performers in our own backyard!”

General admission tickets are priced at $5 and available at United Supermarkets in Amarillo, Canyon, Dalhart, Dumas, Borger and Pampa and  through all panhandleticket outlets. WTAMU students, faculty and staff can get one complimentary ticket with a valid Buff ID through the School of Music in the music office, Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Room 202.
 

—WTAMU—


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