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Athens Jazz Festival 2013

Athens Jazz Festival 2013

Apr 8, 2013

The Ohio University School of Music is pleased to announce the 2013 Athens Jazz Festival. The festival, which will take place on April 12th, 13th, and 14th, will feature OU jazz ensembles, as well as student ensembles from area high schools and guest artists Rob Parton (trumpet) and Bob Thompson (piano).



FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013

7:30 p.m. - Jazz Spoken Here in concert at ARTS/West, Athens, 132 W. State Street    
Mike Parkinson, trumpet; Matt James, saxophones; Ernie Bastin, valve trombone; Jeremy Schaffer, piano; Terry Douds, bass; Guy Remonko, drums


High School Festival - Baker Center Theater, Ohio University
Concerts and masterclasses are scheduled throughout the day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

10 a.m. – OU Jazz Combo II (Jordan Reed, director) – Bobcat Lounge

10:45 a.m. – OU Jazz Combo I (John Horne, director) – Bobcat Lounge

1 p.m. – OU African Ensemble (Paschal Younge, director) – Bobcat Lounge

1:45 p.m. – Guest Artist Bob Thompson Jazz Workshop – Bobcat Lounge

2:45 p.m.  – Guest Artist Rob Parton Jazz Workshop – Bobcat Lounge

4 p.m. – Thompson & Parton rehearsal with OU Jazz Ensemble I – Memorial Auditorium

7:30 p.m. – Concert featuring guest artists Bob Thompson (piano) and Rob Parton (trumpet) with Ohio University Jazz Ensembles I and II
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013

7:30 p.m. – OU Jazz Combos I and II
Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery, 24 W. Union St., Athens

Rob Parton (trumpet) is highly regarded as a studio, theatre and jazz musician, performer, educator and bandleader. As a studio musician, Parton has played on hundreds of local and national radio and TV commercials and many local CD projects as lead trumpet and as contractor. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, Doc Severinson, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra Jr., Mel Torme, Beach Boys, Christopher Cross, Sheena Easton, Peabo Bryson, Celine Dion, Nick Carter, Yolanda Adams, Josh Groban, Enrique Iglasius, Natalie Cole and Maynard Ferguson, among others. Parton has traveled with Natalie Cole and most recently was a featured member of the Music Now series offered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has presented concerts or clinics at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, International Association of Jazz Educators convention, MENC and many other music educators conventions. Parton has earned national and international accolades for his seven critically acclaimed compact discs on the Sea Breeze Jazz label, and the first Rob Parton Big Band CD released in 2011.

Bob Thompson (piano) has had a professional career that has spanned more than 30 years and reached audiences around the globe. From his early days with the Modern Jazz Interpreters to an acclaimed series of solo albums on labels like Capitol and Ichiban to his latest work with his five-member Bob Thompson Unit, Thompson has won the respect and praise of jazz critics and fans alike. With appearances on BET, the internationally-broadcast public radio show Mountain Stage and several tours abroad, he's been a visible presence in the jazz world for more than 30 years. For the past eleven years Bob’s holiday jazz show “Joy To The World”, has been broadcast nationally on Public Radio International. While a student at West Virginia State College, Thompson formed the Modern Jazz Interpreters, a piano, bass, and drums trio who appeared at the prestigious Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1964. Shortly thereafter, Thompson received a valuable lesson from another performer, Chicago saxophonist Bunky Green, who joined the band on a State Department tour to Algiers. "He's the person that really inspired me to give my life to music," Thompson says. "He used to tell me, 'Whenever you sit down to your instrument, play as though it might be the last time." 'So don't fool around, don't jive. Go ahead and say what you've got to say'."

All events are free and open to the public. For more information about this and other School of Music Events, please visit

Co-sponsors of the 2013 Jazz Festival are: ARTS/West, Stuart's Opera House, Athens Area Citizens for the Arts, and CA House Music.

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