Cameron University Department of Music presents Jazz Festival concert featuring Allen Vizzutti

The Cameron University Department of Music will present world-class jazz trumpeter Allen Vizzutti as the headliner for the 2012 Cameron Jazz Festival on Friday, March 2. Vizzutti will be accompanied by noted Lawton jazz pianist David Anderson and Cameron students Quinton Williams on drums and Matthew Stringfellow on bass. The Iowa Park (Texas) Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ed Hefti, will also appear. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. Admission is free.

Vizzutti’s repertoire will include Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night in Tunisia," "I'll Remember Paris" by Jerry Holland, "Footprints" by Wayne Shorter, "Recordame" by Joe Henderson, "Four" by Miles Davis, "Cherokee" by Ray Noble, Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight,"  "My Funny Valentine" by Richard Rodgers, and two of his own compositions, "Secret Dream" and "Dragon Fly."

The Iowa Park Jazz Ensemble will perform “Birdland”  by Josef Zawinul and arranged by Larry Kerchner, “Cousin Mary” by John Coltrane and arranged by Terry White, “Black Coffee” by Sonny Burke and arranged by Paul Murtha, and Duke Ellingston’s “C Jam Blues (Ala Mambo!),”arranged by Michael Philip Mossman.

Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, Doc Severinsen, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, Japan’s NHK Orchestra and the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Leipzig Wind Symphony and the Kosie Wind Orchestra. Performing as a classical and a jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Germany, St. Louis, Seattle, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Phoenix, Croatia, Slovenia, Edmonton and Vancouver.

He has presented solo performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Teton, Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge Music Festivals, the Charles Ives Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.

Vizzutti’s continued commitment to music education and the value of music in everyday life results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

His solo jazz recordings include "Ritzville," “Trumpet Summit” and “Skyrocket.” Classical recordings include “The Emerald Concerto and Other Gems” with the Budapest Radio Orchestra, “Vizzutti Plays Vizzutti” and “Vizzutti and Soli on Tour.” His “High Class Brass” is a unique classical and jazz blend co-produced and performed with fellow trumpet artist, composer and conductor Jeff Tyzik along with a 90-piece studio orchestra.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Music at 580-581-2440.



February 22, 2012