Since he began training during Bethel College 5 years ago, James Pisano, executive of jazz studies, has worked tough to get internationally famous jazz artists onto a campus.
The latest is Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, composer and arranger Bob Mintzer, who will give a giveaway hospital and unison Friday during Bethel.
Pisa-no has been financially aided in his efforts by a Greer Fine Arts Endowment during Bethel and, some-more recently, by Jerry and Leann Toews, Bethel alumni from Goessel. The Greer Endowment (established in 1979 by a late Dr. Robert C. Goering and Amparo Goering, Wichita, in respect of their crony Milford E. Greer) and a Toewses are both sponsors of Bob Mintzer’s Bethel appearance.
Mintzer will lead an open jazz clinic, along with a Bethel College Jazz Combo, during 11 a.m. Friday in Krehbiel Auditorium of a Fine Arts Center as partial of Bethel’s unchanging crowd series. That evening, he will be a guest artist with Bethel Jazz Ensemble we and Jazz Combo in a 7:30 p.m. concert, also in Krehbiel Auditorium.
Both events are giveaway and open to a public. A freewill charity to support jazz studies during Bethel will be taken during a dusk concert.
Mintzer is deliberate a domicile name in a jazz world, as a saxophonist and drum clarinetist, a composer and arranger, personality of a large rope a Yellowjackets, and an educator.
In a career travelling some-more than 3 decades, Mintzer has created some-more than 200 big-band arrangements, many of that have been achieved all over a universe by both tyro and veteran bands. The Yellowjackets have been nominated for 4 Grammy Awards, winning Best Large Jazz Ensemble Recording in 2001 with “Homage to Count Basie” on a DMP label.
Mintzer has done 26 solo recordings with both large bands and tiny ensembles. After scarcely dual decades with a Yellowjackets, he has done 12 albums with them and tours 4 months a year with a band.
Mintzer has published 4 jazz etude books, a solo transcription book, a saxophone process book and 4 saxophone quartets in further to his big-band arrangements. He has also stoical several pieces for orchestra. The American Saxophone Quartet and a National Symphony Orchestra premiered “Rhythm of a Americas,” Mintzer’s square for sax party and rope or unison band, in 2001 during a Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Mintzer also has had a different career as a freelance musician in New York City. He has available with artists, such as Steve Winwood, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin and Queen; toured with Buddy Rich, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Jaco Pastorius, Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri; and worked with a New York Philharmonic and a American Ballet Theatre. Mintzer has been on a expertise of a Manhattan School of Music and recently assimilated a expertise of a University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He leads about 20 workshops annually during colleges and universities all over a world.
Bethel College Jazz Ensemble we crew are: alto saxophones, Daniel Barrera, Newton, and Paul Voran, Newton; effort saxophones, Joel Boettger, Hesston, and Jordan Ortman, Marion, S.D.; baritone saxophone, Carl Lehmann, Marion, S.D.; trumpets, Kyle Doesken, Derby, Evan Koch, Colorado Springs, Colo., Austin McCabe-Juhnke, North Newton, Taylor Stucky, Moundridge, and Kyle Unruh, Goessel; trombones, Eric Goering, McPherson (bass), Benjamin Harder, Hesston, and Rebecca Trumble, Newton; drums, Nathaniel Yoder, Kalona, Iowa; bass, Landon Bartel, Newton; and piano, Ben Stucky, Moon Township, Pa.
Jazz Combo crew are Austin McCabe-Juhnke, trumpet; Joel Boettger and Paul Voran, saxophones; Benjamin Harder, trombone; Bradley McKellip, Newton, guitar; Nathaniel Yoder, drums; Landon Bartel, bass; and Ben Stucky, piano.
Pisano, associate highbrow of song during Bethel College, leads Jazz we and Jazz Combo, along with a Bethel College Jazz Ensemble II and a Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble.
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Pisano has degrees in clarinet opening from a University of New Hampshire and a University of Miami. He has achieved and taught extensively in both a exemplary area (clarinet) and jazz universe (saxophone).
Mintzer’s coming during Bethel College follows that of guest jazz artists Allen Vizzutti (trumpet) and Bobby Watson (saxophone), in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
Benjamin Harder of Hesston, a Bethel College student, takes partial in operation Tuesday afternoon during a college as partial of Jazz Ensemble I. The jazz garb will perform with Bob Mintzer Friday.
ABOVE and BELOW: Members of Jazz Ensemble we discipline Tuesday afternoon during Bethel College in credentials for a 7:30 p.m. Friday unison in Krehbiel Auditorium in a Bethel College Fine Arts Center.