Oswego Jazz Project to introduce new bassist in Oct. 19 concert

OSWEGO — Oswego Jazz Project will perform a dozen numbers and introduce the quartet’s new bassist at 3 p.m. Oct. 19, in Sheldon Hall Ballroom in a concert for the SUNY Oswego music department’s Focus on Faculty Series.

The ensemble consists of music department faculty members Eric Schmitz (drums), Trevor Jorgensen (saxophone), Robert Auler (piano) and new bassist Danny Ziemann.

“Danny brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience as well as a real enthusiasm for the music and for performing,” Auler said. “He’s been a big hit with our students, and I can’t wait for them to hear their teacher on stage.”

Ziemann is a graduate of University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, and balances his duties at SUNY Oswego with a vibrant performing career.

For this concert, each member of OJP member brought three tunes to the first rehearsal — creating a repertoire of 12 numbers for the concert.

“It’s been really cool to see each member’s musical taste and outlook reflected through their tunes. I’m excited to play an original by Danny Ziemann, and I’m always intrigued with the tunes that Eric and Trevor bring in,” Auler said.

Selections for the concert will reflect a mix of jazz standards, originals and selections from the Great American Songbook, a repertory that has served as inspiration for countless jazz musicians, he said.

Oswego Jazz Project has been described as “educators and musicians with a drive to help jazz thrive.” General admission tickets are $8 ($5 for students with valid ID), and are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by phone at 315-312-2141.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket, and is available in the commuter and employee lots across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.

For more information on the Focus on Faculty Series and other fine arts performances and exhibitions at SUNY Oswego, visit oswego.edu/arts