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Jazz and Percussion Ensembles in concert with guest artist Sarah Morrow

LANCASTER, Ohio (Feb. 12, 2007) -- Ohio University's Jazz and Jazz Percussion Ensembles will perform in concert with guest trombonist Sarah Morrow in Wagner Theatre at Ohio University Lancaster Campus at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23.

Jazz Ensembles I and II form the cornerstone of the jazz program at Ohio University and provide music majors and non-majors with invaluable performing experience as well as exposure to internationally recognized jazz artists.  Auditions are held each quarter and are open to all students, regardless of their majors.

Sarah Morrow, alumna and veteran of the Ray Charles Orchestra, will perform as guest artist.  The Pickerington native began playing trombone at age 12 and returned to her first love ? jazz music ? after working in arts administration.  She was discovered by Ray Charles and is the first female instrumentalist to become a member of his orchestra.  Ten years of touring Europe, including the prominent "Rising Star Tour" of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, led to her latest project "Sarah Morrow and the American All Stars in Paris." She recorded two solo albums for RDC Records.

Matt James, Associate Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at OU, directs the Ensembles with Roger Braun, Associate Professor and Director of Percussion Studies. 

Braun teaches all areas of percussion and has performed with many notable conductors and orchestras, both nationally and internationally.  He is a founding member of Biakuye, an African music and dance ensemble, solo marimbist/percussionist in Los Viejos Blanquitos, and a member of the New World Percussion Duo.

James, classical saxophonist and jazz artist, performed as lead alto saxophonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, recorded with the orchestra on Barry Manilow's "Singin' with the Big Bands," as well as with the Phil Collins Big Band.  He also tours with the chamber ensemble Top Brass, performs internationally, and has freelanced with many well-known artists.

Morrow, Braun, and James will hold free jazz clinics with their students for area high school musicians prior to their performance at the Lancaster Campus.  Supper for all musicians will be provided.  Please call (740) 654-6711, ext. 281 for more information. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Media Contact: Lancaster Campus Media Specialist Jennifer LaRue, 740-654-6711 or larue@ohiou.edu

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