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Shepherd hosts legend of jazz

By Staff | Mar 2, 2009

Hal Galper

Legendary jazz pianist Hal Galper will join Shepherd University’s Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater. There will be a free master class with Galper at 6 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater.

With more than 82 recordings to his credit, pianist, composer, publisher, educator, author, and touring artist Galper is best known for his work with Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, John Scofield, and the Phil Woods Quintet. Galper is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and is now on the faculty of the Purchase Conservatory and New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Galper’s scholarly articles have appeared in Down Beat Magazine, Jazz Educators Journal, and other publications.

His new book, “The Touring Musician, a Small Business Approach to Booking Your Band on the Road,” is now in its second printing.

Galper has won a Grammy for his recordings with the Phil Woods Quintet, and was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Berklee College of Music.

Under the direction of Brett Lemley, professor of jazz studies at Shepherd, the jazz program at Shepherd features faculty members David Marsh, Cam Millar, Ronnie Shaw, Dr. Mark McCoy and Dr. Mark Cook. The group has worked with Kenney Werner, Bill Watrous, Paquito D’Rivera, Alan Vizzutti, Ingrid Jensen, Claudio Roditi, Tim Hagans, and Juanita Williams.

The Jazz Ensemble has performed throughout the East Coast and Europe.

The ensemble was invited to the world-renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in 2003.

In 1999, it took the Ellington Tour to England and France, and most recently toured England in May 2007.

General admission for the jazz guest artist concert will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door; seniors, faculty, staff, and students 18 and under, $15; and free for Shepherd students and Friends of Music gold or silver MAC cardholders.

– For tickets and information, call 876-5765 or visit www.sufom.org.