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Acclaimed musician, composer Michael Mossman to perform with Jazz Ensemble I Nov. 30

November 21, 2012
Michael  Phillip Mossman

EAU CLAIRE — Renowned trumpet player and composer Michael Mossman will perform with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Mossman, who performs with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Lincoln Center Afro-Cuban Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Jazz Ensemble and Philadelphia Orchestra, also directs the graduate program at the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College in New York City.

"Michael is one of the most well respected trumpet players/composers in the New York scene right now," said Robert Baca, professor of music and director of Jazz Ensemble I.

Mossman drew national attention in 1985 when he won an audition for Blue Note Records' "Young Lions Band" which came to be known as OTB, "Out of the Blue," with Kenny Garrett, Ralph Peterson, Bob Hurst, Ralph Bowen and Harry Pickens. Invitations to write and perform with Slide Hampton's Jazz Masters, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmeri and Joe Henderson's Big Band soon followed.

Mossman will perform with Jazz Ensemble I on a number of his own pieces. The group also will perform a variety of swing classics, including Benny Goodman's "Don't Be That Way"; a contemporary arrangement of the Dorsey Brothers' "Imagination," featuring Alex Piela, Sun Prairie, on trumpet; Slide Hampton's "Frame For The Blues"; Lionel Hampton's "Flyin' Home," featuring James Sonnentag, Middleton, on vibraphone; and Ray Noble's "Cherokee," featuring the trumpet section. The group also will perform an extended orchestra version of the "Love Theme from 'Scheherazade,'" as well as some Christmas favorites.

UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I is a six-time winner of Down Beat magazine's Best College Big Band Award and has been nominated for two Grammys.

Tickets, available online and at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $6 for the general public; $4 for those 62 and older, children 17 and younger, and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $1.50 for students with a university ID. For additional information, call the Service Center at 715-836-3727.



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