Montana State University

'Jazz with Friends' set March 8 at MSU

February 23, 2012


Emma Dayhuff, a Bozeman native who is currently an electric and acoustic bassist in Chicago as well as a recording engineer, will perform in the MSU Jazz with Friends concert set March 8 at. Kelly Berdahl, a talented local trumpeter and music educator, will also play in the concert, which will feature MSU's two jazz ensembles. Photo courtesy of Emma Dayhuff.   High-Res Available

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Jazz with Friends, a concert featuring Montana State University jazz ensembles as well as two talented jazz musicians with local roots, is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at MSU's Reynolds Recital Hall.

MSU's Studio Jazz Band and the One O'clock Jazz Ensemble will both perform at the concert, featuring performances by trumpeter Kelly Berdahl and bassist Emma Dayhuff.

Admission to the concert is $10 for general admission and $5 for students.

Alan Klaus, MSU School of Music faculty member, directs the Studio Jazz Band, which will perform swing style music featuring Berdahl on trumpet.

Berdahl is the Bozeman High School band director, and a well known local trumpet player who plays in three popular local groups: Poco Loco, BlueJack and Glen Johnston's Swing Band. He also teaches music classes, directs three full concert bands, two jazz bands and, in the fall, the award-winning Bozeman High marching band. He graduated from MSU with a degree in K-12 music education. Berdahl has been a guest conductor and adjudicator throughout Montana and Wyoming.

Ryan Matzinger of the MSU School of Music faculty directs the One O'clock Jazz Ensemble, which features the more contemporary style jazz from the mid 80's through today. Their performance will feature Dayhuff on bass.

Dayhuff, also a graduate of Bozeman High School, is an acoustic and electric bassist who is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory's jazz studies program, where she studied privately with Peter Dominguez, Eddie Gomez, and Thomas Sperl, among others. She has played in symphony orchestras in Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall, and has shared the stage with Jeni Fleming, Craig Hall, MJ Williams, Brad Edwards, Claire Daly, Roseanna Vitro, Chicago's Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, Fuzzz, Groundspeed, and Vaughn Wiester's Famous Jazz Orchestra. In addition to maintaining a performing schedule, Dayhuff is a recording engineer in the Chicago area. She has worked at WFMT on the radio program "Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin," and has worked two seasons in the recording studio of Vermont's Marlboro Music Festival. She is currently the assistant recording engineer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera, and Grant Park Music Festival.

Klaus joined the MSU faculty in 2011. For the previous three years, he was the brass specialist at Mount Allison University where he taught applied brass, brass methods, aural skills, and chamber music. He also directed the brass choir and jazz band and was voted "Professor of the Year" in music for 2010-2011. He has won numerous solo competitions and has performed in the U.S. and Canada.
Matzinger appears and performs as "Ryan Montana," a singer-songwriter, Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist, recording artist, internationally touring musician, teacher, producer and studio engineer. He joined the MSU School of Music faculty in 2011 while researching and studying jazz saxophone and African-American history and developing a series of saxophone method books. The Bozeman native and BHS graduate, has performed, studied or shared the stage with Ray Charles, Ellis Marsalis, Javon Jackson, , Kevin Eubanks, T.S. Monk and Kelly Roberti, among others. He was awarded "Jazz Artist of the Year" honors in the 2004 Los Angeles Music Awards.

Reynolds Recital Hall is located in Howard Hall, which is across the street from the MSU Duck Pond.

Whitney Salo (406) 994-4641, Whitney.Salo@montana.edu