In honor of the inauguration of Roderick J. McDavis, Ohio University presented a Celebratory Concert featuring Walter Bell and the Latin Jazz Unit with special guest Los Viejos Blanquitos on Friday, September 10, at 8:45 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
Walter Bell and the Latin Jazz Unit
Walter Bell is one of the few jazz musicians who play the flute exclusively. This Philadelphia native has performed with some of the legends in the jazz world: Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, George Benson, and the Count Basie Orchestra, among others. He has headlined concerts and performed in popular nightclubs and supperclubs on the east coast of the United States, including Birdland and Five Spot in New York City; Zanzibar Blue, Blue Moon, and Meiji-En in Philadephia; BET Jazz Supperclub and Twins Lounge in Washington, D.C.; and Belle Bistro in Richmond, Virginia. On the festival circuit, Walter Bell and L.J.U. have performed at the Mellon Jazz Festival, Cape May Jazz Festival, Capital City Jazz Festival, Peco Energy Jazz Festival, NAACP Jazz Fest, San Jose Jazz Festival, and the East Coast Jazz Festival.Los Viejos Blanquitos
Joining Walter Bell and the Latin Jazz Unit on stage were Los Viejos Blanquitos. This six-piece jazz band composed of Ohio University faculty performs its own style of music, combining the richness of jazz harmony, melody, and improvisation with the infectious rhythms of Latin and Afro-Cuban music. The sextet includes Ernie Bastin, flugelhorn, trumpet, and congas; Roger Braun, marimba; Andre Grabou, keyboard; Matt James, saxophone; Guy Romonko, drums; and Dave Messina, bass.
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