SWOSU Jazz Festival This Thursday and Friday

Randy Brecker  

Five-time Grammy Award winner Randy Brecker and his quintet will be featured at the 41st annual SWOSU Jazz Festival coming up this Thursday and Friday, February 10-11, on the Weatherford campus.

The festival concerts, which will feature the SWOSU Jazz Ensemble "A" directed by Dr. Keith M. Talley and the guest musicians, will be held at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday in the SWOSU Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

Tickets, which are $10 for general admission and $3 for students, are on sale at the SWOSU Music Office, Room 100, in the Fine Arts Center or can be obtained before each concert at the door. A free concert featuring the Randy Brecker Quintet will be presented on Thursday, February 10, at 7 p.m. in the Berrong Music Hall Room 101.

Brecker has been shaping the sound of jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, David Sanborn, Jaco Pastorius, Horace Silver and Frank Zappa.

Brecker's quintet will feature Brecker, trumpet and flugelhorn; Ada Rovatti, tenor and soprano saxophone; Dave Kikoski, piano; Steve Laspina, bass; and Adam Nussbaum, drums.

The SWOSU Jazz Festival is presented by the SWOSU Department of Music with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.  For additional information, contact the SWOSU Music Office at 580.774.3708, email keith.talley@swosu.edu, or visit www.swosujazz.com.