Cameron University Jazz Festival to present saxophonist/composer Dave Pietro in concert

The Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts will present the 2019 Jazz Festival with special guest artist Dave Pietro on Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. Pietro will perform with the Cameron University Jazz Band and the Lawton Community Jazz Band. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens/military/K-12 students. Admission is free to CU students, faculty and staff with CU id.

Dave Pietro“Dave Pietro is equally skilled as a performer and a composer,” says Dr. J.D. Little, conductor of the Cameron University Jazz Band and Lawton Community Jazz Band. “His compositions are unique and challenging, which pushes the ensemble members to approach jazz in a new and exciting way. His playing is highly proficient, and he can weave through any chord changes easily. We are excited to have him on campus!”

Pietro will be joined by the Cameron University Jazz Band, composed primarily of CU students, for three popular classics, “More (Theme from Mondo Cane)” arranged by Claus Ogerman, “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing” arranged by Jimmy Jones and Billy Strayhorn, and “All of Me” arranged by Lennie Niehaus. They will perform two of Pietro’s compositions, “Never Nothing” and “Permission Granted”

The Lawton Community Jazz Band will also perform with Pietro. They will combine for “Stompin’ at the Savoy” arranged by Bill Holmes, “Prime Time” by Sammy Nestico, and “The Check’s In The Mail” by Gordon Goodwin. In addition, they’ll perform three of Pietro’s tunes, “Forgotten Dreams,” “Quiescence” and “Juba.”

Little says he chose to include some of Pietro’s music “because the charts are different than many of the compositions we have worked on in the past. They are constructed using harmonies that are unlike others the students have studied, and I wanted them to be exposed to the type of modern music being written today.”

Pietro’s talents as a gifted saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator have made him an in-demand musician who has performed at jazz clubs, jazz festivals, schools and concert halls in more than 30 countries throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. He is currently a member of the Grammy Award-winning Maria Schneider Orchestra and the Grammy nominated groups the Gil Evans Project and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society.  He has also toured and/or recorded with the bands of Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Fedchock, Mike Holober, Anita Brown, Pete McGuinness, Pedro Giraudo, Jim Widner and Arturo O’Farrill.

Pietro received a Bachelor of Music Education from North Texas State University.  He has a Master of Arts in jazz composition from New York University, where he is Music Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies.

Members of the Cameron University Jazz Band include Doug Bayless, Irmtraud Bryant, Brittany Curtis, Trent Hagood, Logan Hale, Peter Macias, Diane Pihulic, Lea Tenbrink, Jason Villarreal, all of Lawton; Joel Moncrief, Altus; Madison Marshall and Paul Martin, Cache; and K. Kay Alsobrook, Marlow.

Josie Smotherman, Lawton, is the featured vocalist.

Alsobrook, Moncrief and Tenbrink are also members of the Cameron University Community Jazz Band, joining community members Monty Booker, Austin Bowling, Brian Francis, Janette Garton, Chip Gibson, Derek Griner, Myles Hanford, Hunter Helvey, David Jackson, Blake Loy, Ryan Minden, Mikio Norton, Lonnie Snodgrass, and Clinton Wieden.

The 2019 Jazz Festival is made possible by a grant from Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.

For more information, contact the Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts at 580-581-2346.

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March 4, 2019