MSU Jazz Band/Percussion Ensemble
- Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
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The MSU Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble are putting a joint concert with guest artists Steve Houghton, drums Bob Bowman, bass and Craig Hall guitar. Concert is on October 11th at 7:30pm in Reynolds Recital Hall, tickets are $10/adult $5/student. These legendary guest artists will share the stage with the MSU Percussion Esnemble on the first half playing Houghton's arrangements of some Pat Metheny tunes, and coming back for an encore set with the One O'Clock Jazz Band playing "Do It Again" arr. by Fred Strum, "Dangerous Curves" arr. by Matt Harris, "Caiziba" arr. by Steve Allee, and "Early Autumn" arr. by Manny Albam. We hope you can come out and see these great artists!
Bob Bowman, bass
Bob Bowman learned to play the piano and clarinet before beginning bass lessons at age 12. He quickly became an award-winning performer. He won a scholarship to the Stan Kenton Jazz Clinic as a high school freshman, followed by study at North Texas State University.
In 1976, he joined the famous Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, touring and recording several albums, including the Grammy award-winning "Live at Munich." Bob continued his performing and recording career by joining the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabakin Big Band in Los Angeles in 1979. He recorded numerous albums as a member of this band, many of which were nominated for Grammy Awards.
While based in Los Angeles, Bob toured with the legendary Carmen McRae and performed with Freddie Hubbard, Bud Shank and others. Bob moved to Kansas City in 1988 where he has been a vibrant part of the jazz scene there. He is a member of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Faculty Jazztet, and leads the Interstring Quartet. Bob continues to tour and record with jazz artist Karrin Allyson and teaches many workshops.
Internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator, Steve Houghton initially received acclaim at age twenty as the drummer with Woody Herman's Young Thundering Herd. Since then he has shared stage and studio with luminaries Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, Clay Jenkins, Shelly Berg, Dave Samuels, Toots Thielemans, Christian McBride, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Les Hooper, Bob Florence, Lyle Mays, Bob Sheppard, Billy Childs, Bobby Hutcherson, Pat LaBarbara, Bill Cunliffe,
Arturo Sandoval, Steve Allee, Joe Henderson, Ray Brown, Lou Fischer, Stefan Karlsson, Karrin Allyson, Dianne Reeves, Rosemary Clooney and Maureen McGovern.
As a band leader Houghton's discography includes: The Manne We Love: Gershwin Revisited (TNC), a recent release of John Williams' charts for big band and quintet, the Steve Houghton Quintet Live @ the Senator (Jazz Compass), Windsong (SHPERC Records), Remembrances (Warner Bros.), and Steve Houghton Signature (Mesa-Bluemoon). In total Houghton attributes more than one hundred recordings to his credit as a participating artist. As a classical percussionist, Houghton has performed with the Boston, and Philadelphia Pops orchestras, U.S. Army Band, as well as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He frequently appears as a soloist with numerous orchestras and wind ensembles throughout the world. As an author, Houghton's publications boast more than thirty educational books, videos and DVDs including: Drumset 101, Kid's Drumset Course - books 1 & 2, Essential Styles - books 1 & 2, The Ultimate Drumset Chart Reading Anthology(Alfred), Play and Teach Percussion (GIA), and The Drumset Soloist (WB), and his latest project, Rhythm Section Workshop for Jazz Directors (Alfred) is a DVD - book series that addresses the entire rhythm section.
Houghton is currently Professor of Percussion and Jazz at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. In addition to his academic duties, he presents yearly clinics and master classes to students around the world; most recently China, New Zealand, Australia and Taiwan. Houghton is the Immediate Past - President of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and endorses Yamaha drums and percussion, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Remo world percussion products and drumheads.
Montanan Craig Hall is a jazz guitarist and acoustic bassist who has carved out an existence as the definitive sideman of the upper mountain states. He has played in recent years in over 30 states and on four continents with a diverse array of groups, from The Montana Mandolin Society to Eden Atwood groups, the Jeni Fleming Trio and others. Closer to home he gigs with Michael Myers, Bob Britten, John Alexander, Kristin Korb, The String Jumpers, festival headliners, good singers, bad singers, in between sax players.... hardware store owners ... hoodlums ...and teaches a few private students. With Ann Tappan he co-leads the group Springhill, with whom he has toured in Eastern Europe three times, playing progressive modern jazz drawing on rock and folk influences. In recent years he has played with Lee Konitz, Azar Lawrence, Benito Gonzalez, Bob Dorough, Grace Kelly, Joey Calderazo and many others. He has appeared on over 50 CD's. Currently, when not side manning, he is angling toward recording self-lead jazz projects. Turn-ons include the third mode of the Melodic Minor scale and thin, quiet ethereal distant atonal background noises.
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