Cameron University’s Country-Jazz Fusion returns for 37th annual concert

The Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts will present the 37th anJustin Trevinonual Country/Jazz Fusion Concert on Tuesday, October 31, with special guest Justin Trevino. One of the most popular country singers on the Texas dance hall circuit, Trevino will perform with the Cameron University Jazz Ensemble and the Cameron University/ Lawton Community Jazz Ensemble. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. Admission is free. The concert is made possible by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts.

Directed by J.D. Little, Assistant Professor of Woodwinds and Director of Jazz Studies, the CU Jazz Ensemble and the Community Jazz Ensemble will share the stage with Trevino to present an eclectic mix of swing music from the big band era, modern jazz and country music.

The CU Jazz Ensemble has been rehearsing diligently since the beginning of the fall semester. Students Joel Moncrief, Altus; Jason Villareal, Cache; Jordan Alexander-Cooper, Irmtraud Bryant, Trent Hagood, Logan Hale, Jimmie Hinson, Anthony Gustave, Peter Macias, Paul Martin, Lawton; and Jake Downing, Poteau, will join Trevino to present a repertoire consisting of some of the 20th century’s most well-known jazz and big-band standards. They will perform “April in Paris,”: “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “String of Pearls,” “Satin Doll,” and “Night Train.” Dr. Jim Lambert will join the CU Jazz Ensemble on drums.

The Community Jazz Ensemble, composed of community members K. Kay Alsobrook, Monty Booker, Brian Francis, Jeanette Garton, Chip Gibson, David Jackson, Joel Moncrief, Bill Price and Clint Wieden as well as Little and Bryant, share the stage with Trevino for “Shiny Stockings,” “Places,” “Hay Burner,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Night Life,” “For the Good Times,” and “Columbus Stockade Blues.”

In addition to collaborating with the jazz ensembles, Trevino will take the stage with his band for “Texas Honky Tonk,” “Begging to You,” “Helpless,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Under the Right Stop.”

Recognized as one of the most popular country talents in Texas, Trevino got his first guitar at the age of 7. Already an ardent county music fan, he mastered the instrument in just three years.

By the time he was 13, Trevino had formed his own band, Sunset Country. The group played honky tonks in and around Austin, most notably a monthly gig at Henry's Bar & Grill in North Austin.

Four years later, Trevino landed the gig he wanted most: leading the Sunday afternoon jam session at Harry Weiss' Red Eye Saloon, which was inside San Antonio's Eisenhauer Road Flea Market. He knew that his idol, Johnny Bush, sometimes came to sit in. One day after Weiss heard Trevino singing "Whiskey River," Bush's signature song, he remarked how much the young man sounded like Bush and promised to introduce the two of them. Weiss made good on that promise a couple of weeks later.

Throughout the early 1990s, while continuing to perform with his own band, Trevino played bass for Don Walser, Cornell Hurd and Darrell McCall. In 1994, while still continuing to do shows on his own and with the other bands, Justin began a nine-year run in Johnny Bush's band, where he played bass and sang harmony. He also opened Bush’s shows with a solid 45 minute set as lead vocalist.

Since recording his first album, “Texas Honky Tonk,” in 1997, Trevino has released 14 albums. His most recent release is “A Salute to Ray Price & the Cherokee Cowboys.”

In 2006 he was awarded the Academy of Western Artists award for Pure Country Record Producer. In 2007, he received a Terry Award for Record Producer of the Year. One year later, his version of "When She Does Me Right She Does You Wrong", was named Song of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists.

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October 24, 2017