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Smartpark's Summer Night Jazz Fest
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2005
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Max Bell Centre, University of Manitoba
Internationally acclaimed jazz musicians will headline Smartpark's Summer Night Jazz Fest.

Direct from the University of Manitoba's Summer Jazz Camp ...Luis Perdomo, Steve Turre, and  Miguel Zenón.

Luis Perdomo, pianist, grew up in a home filled with music. Born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1971, Luis was exposed to just about every style of music by his father, an avid music fan and collector. Alongside salsa, Latin, R & B, and classical, the young Perdomo heard jazz greats like Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson, two of his earliest and most important musical influences.

Soon after moving to New York, he quickly established himself as an in-demand pianist amassing quite an impressive resume. Some of the artists Luis has collaborated and/or performed with include Ravi Coltrane, John Patitucci, Ray Barretto Brian Lynch, David Sanchez, Claudia Acuña, Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project, Butch Morris, Dave Valentin, Jane Bunnett, John Benítez, Ralph Irizarry, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, Alice Coltrane, Dafnis Prieto and Yosvany Terry. A list that is as notable both by its quality as well as its diversity.

Steve Turre, trombonist and seashellist, has consistently won both the readers' and critics' polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for best trombone and for best miscellaneous instrumentalist (shells). Turre was born to Mexican-American parents and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where he absorbed daily doses of mariachi, blues, and jazz.

In 1972 Steve Turre's career picked up momentum when Ray Charles hired him to go on tour. A year later Turre's mentor Woody Shaw brought him into Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. After his tenure with Blakey, Turre went on to work with a diverse list of musicians from the jazz, Latin, and pop worlds, including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Lester Bowie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Van Morrison, Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

Miguel Zenón , alto saxophonist,  a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Miguel Zenón studied saxophone at the famed Escuela Libre de Musica; an institution that boasts distinguished alumnus throughout the musical world. After graduating he attended the Berklee School of Music where he received the Berklee Best Scholarship Award, the Frederic Cameron Weber Award and a grant from the Corporation of Musical Arts. In 1998 Miguel received a scholarship to attend the pretigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he received his Masters in Saxophone Performance in 2001.

The jazz world got to know Miguel Zenón quite well in 2004. The young alto saxophonist/composer expanded his already impressive sideman résumé with featured roles in the SF Jazz Collective and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. He also captivated numerous listeners with his heralded Marsalis Music debut, Ceremonial. Now, with the same supporting cast of pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Antonio Sánchez, Zenón makes his most deeply rooted yet visionary statement to date on Jíbaro.

The evening will also feature performances from Steve Kirby, bassist, and director of Jazz Studies, University of Manitoba; Anna-Lisa Kirby, Alvin Atkinson Jr., Will Bonness, Janice Finlay, Richard Gillis, Ken Gold, Anna-list Kirby and Larry Roy. 

A jazz event for all ages.  Tickets are only $10.00, children 14 and under are free (with adult accompaniment).  Call Ticketmaster at 780-3333.

University of Manitoba
8 pm
See map link noted
Bring a lawn chair.  Free Parking in U Lot.

Call 474-9020 for more details

This event is sponsored by the University of Manitoba, School of Music Summer Jazz Camp, Continuing Education, and Smartpark Development Corporation. 

For more information, contact:
Kimberley Stefaniuk
Assistant to the Director
Marketing Communications Office
Phone: (204) 474-8938
Fax: (204) 474-7631