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Jazz trumpeter John D'Earth, will perform with the John Toomey Quartet at 8 p.m. Monday, April 23 for Old Dominion University's F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series. Tickets for this performance may be purchased in advance or at the door.

D'Earth will also offer a series of free clinics and open rehearsals April 19 - 23 as artist in-residence with the Department of Music. The residency will culminate in two performances in Chandler Recital Hall in the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center. The first, with ODU's Big Band, will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22 and the second with the John Toomey Quartet on April 23.

The director of jazz performance at the University of Virginia, D'Earth is a co-founder of the Free Bridge Quintet and is the music director for the Thompson D'Earth Band. He, along with his wife, vocalist and composer Dawn Thompson, also leads the Charlottesville Swing Orchestra and the jazz/poetry project. D'Earth teaches improvisation, jazz trumpet and directs the UVa Jazz Ensemble at UVa. As a jazz musician and composer he is interested in the relationship of composition and improvisation, and in working with musicians who are committed to pushing their own boundaries in both of these areas. His career in music is documented in the recently published "Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz," (Oxford Press), by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler.

D'Earth's residency schedule includes the following free sessions:
April 19 - Clinic, 3 p.m.; open rehearsal with ODU Jazz Ensemble, 4 p.m.
April 20 - Clinic, 10 a.m.; open rehearsal with ODU Jazz Choir, 1 p.m.
April 21 - Open dress rehearsal with the ODU Jazz Ensemble and Choir, 1 p.m.
April 22 - Performance with the ODU Jazz Ensemble and Choir, 4 p.m.
April 23 - Jazz Clinic 10 a.m.

The F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series is supported by a grant from the Diehn Fund of the Norfolk Foundation. Tickets for the April 23 performance are $15 for general admission and $10 for ODU students with valid ID. Tickets may be purchased at the Arts and Letters Box Office in the lobby of the Health Sciences Building, located between 46th Street and 47th Street, or by calling 683-5305.

This article was posted on: April 23, 2007

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