Oberlin Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Five-time Grammy Award-winner JAY ASHBY (trombone) is the recipient of multiple nominations in categories including arranging and engineering. Ashby is also known for his performances with such music icons as Paquito D’Rivera, Paul Simon, Jon Faddis, Monty Alexander, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Randy Brecker, Slide Hampton, and Bennie Grenn, among many others.

A jazz legend in his own right, multi-Grammy Award-winning GARY BARTZ (saxophone) has shared the studio and stage with some of the most important figures in jazz—Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, and many more. Today, he continues to break new ground as a bandleader, composer, and master of the alto and soprano saxophones.

 is a renowned bassist and educator in the worlds of both jazz and classical music. He’s performed with Tommy Flannagan, Benny Carter, and Woody Shaw, toured with the American Sinfonietta, studied with bass legends like Richard Davis and Robert Gladstone, and helped to found Michigan State University's Jazz Studies program.

ROBIN EUBANKS (trombone)
, the premiere jazz trombonist of his generation, has worked with an astonishing array of the world’s premiere performing artists, from Art Blakey and McCoy Tyner to the Talking Heads and numerous Broadway orchestras. Also a formidable composer, he’s earned grants from ASCAP and Chamber Music America; his works are regularly performed by the Dave Holland Quintet, the Dave Holland Big Band, and the Mingus Big Band.

After studying with jazz guitar legends such as Joe Pass and performing with Donald Byrd, Art Farmer, Joe Lovano, and other jazz icons, BOBBY FERRAZZA (guitar) was inspired to teach. He’s taught at the Oberlin Conservatory, where he's currently Associate Professor of Jazz Guitar and Director of the Jazz Division, since 1988.

After his first "steady gig," with Shirley Horn, BILLY HART (drums) went on to work with the biggest names in jazz – Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Eddie Harris, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Billy Harper, Clark Terry, The New York Jazz Quartet, Mingus Dynasty, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, and many more.

For his performances and recordings with the Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra, Stevie Wonder, and other paramount artists, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader SEAN JONES (trumpet) has won DownBeat magazine’s Rising Star Critics’ Poll four times, and has been showered with critical acclaim from publications like JazzTimes magazine and AllAboutJazz.com.

Jazz pianist and organist DAN WALL (piano) began his career at 17, when he won DownBeat magazine’s Hall of Fame Scholarship. Since, he’s cultivated his reputation with such artists as Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Al Cohn, Eddie Gomez, and Eddie Harris, and has earned accolades from, amongst other publications, Keyboard PlayerJazz TimesBillboard, and Variety.

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Oberlin Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
7:30pm & 9:30pm



Oberlin Illuminate

DeWitt Stern

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