OSWEGO — The Oswego Jazz Project will perform with well-known trombonist Keith Jackson at 3 p.m. Oct. 13, in SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom as part of the music department’s Focus on Faculty Series.
OJP, in its eighth year as SUNY Oswego’s jazz quartet-in-residence, features faculty members Robert Auler on piano, saxophonist Trevor Jorgensen, drummer Eric Schmitz and Oswego alumnus Max McKee on bass.
Jackson, music director of the West Virginia University School of Music, serves on his school’s faculty as professor of low brass. His performance credits include the Phoenix Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, the Crown Chamber Brass and the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, among others.
“I’m honored that Keith is going to make the trip from Morgantown to play with OJP,” said Auler, who met the trombonist at a summer festival celebrating the junction between classical and jazz piano.
“When I heard him play jazz trombone at an evening concert, I was blown away,” Auler said. “I realized that bringing in a trombonist like Keith would complement OJP perfectly. We’re looking forward to playing some arrangements that feature two horns — trombone and sax. This is a musician who is going to be great to collaborate with.”
The concert will feature compositions of notable expatriate artists Dexter Gordon and Slide Hampton, who are among the Americans who have chosen to pursue careers outside the United States, Auler said. It will also feature some of Jackson’s personal favorites, such as a piece by noted pianist Ahmad Jamal.
Tickets priced at $8 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students) are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 315-312-2141. Parking is included in the price of the ticket, and is available in the employee lots adjacent to and across from Sheldon Hall.
For more information about this and other upcoming performances at SUNY Oswego, visit www.oswego.edu/arts