Jeffrey will join Montana State University's Jazz Ensemble I on Nov. 4 in a concert that begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Reynolds Recital Hall. World-class virtuoso guitarist, and local all-star, Craig Hall and the MSU Jazz Ensemble II will open the concert, followed by Jeffrey and Jazz Ensemble I. The concert is part of the Jazz Montana annual jazz festival held in Bozeman.
Jeffrey has toured with jazz greats since the 1950s. Among the musicians and bands he has toured and recorded with include Elmo Hope, B.B. King Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton and the Count Basie Orchestra before beginning his long associations with Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus.
Jeffrey also enjoyed a prolific teaching career, first working as a saxophone instructor at Columbia University then as artist in residence and director of jazz studies at Duke University, where he is a professor emeritus. He organized the North Carolina/Umbria Jazz Festival and the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. He was the first director of the McDonald's All American Jazz Band, the artistic director of the Aspen Jazz Festival, and most recently, a school of jazz music was founded and created under his name in Cairo Montenotte, Italy.
The MSU Jazz Ensemble I is directed by Ryan Matzinger, new MSU saxophone instructor and jazz program director. A native of Bozeman, Matzinger is a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist who studied with Jeffrey at Duke after studying with jazz legend Jackie McLean at the Hartt School of Music. He was awarded "Jazz Artist of the Year" in the 2004 Los Angeles Music Awards, and toured and recorded extensively with Ike Turner and The Kings of Rhythm for seven years.
The MSU Jazz Ensemble II is directed by Alan Klaus, the new MSU professor of trumpet. Klaus is an active performer, adjudicator and clinician world-wide. He was the brass specialist at Mount Allison University where he was voted "Professor of the Year" in music for 2010-2011.
Tickets for the MSU concert are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and are available at the door.
For more information about the Jazz Montana Jazz Weekend go to www.jazzmt.org.
Reynolds Recital Hall is located in Howard Hall, which is across the street from the MSU Duck Pond.
Ryan Matzinger (406) 994-5743, firstname.lastname@example.org