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JAZZ ARTIST TO PRESENT FREE CLINICS AND PERFORMANCES

Jazz artist Bob Mintzer will 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. The first, with Old Dominion's Big Band, under the direction of Maurice Williams, will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

On Monday, April 23, Mintzer will perform with the John Toomey Trio at 8 p.m. in Chandler Recital Hall as part of the F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series. Both concerts, as well as the clinics and workshops, are free and open to the public. For a schedule call the music department at 683-4061.

Diversification has always been a focus for Mintzer. Aside from being a tenor and soprano saxophonist, he also plays flute, clarinet and EWI, and is world-renowned composer, arranger and educator. He has been active in jazz, pop, orchestra, Latin and world music genres.

"I've always been intrigued by the differences and similarities between cultures and their art forms," Mintzer said.

As a band leader, Mintzer has recorded 11 big band CDs for the DMP label, earning four Grammy nominations, and eight small-group jazz CDs for the BMG, Owl, Canyon and DMP labels. A member of the Yellowjackets jazz group for 10 years, he also performs with his own big band, has his own quartet, and works as a guest conductor and soloist on a regular basis.

Mintzer has more than 300 recordings to his credit, including works with Buddy Rich, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, Louie Bellson, Jaco Pastorious, Michael Franks, Take Six, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Lieberman, Randy Brecker, George Gruntz, Steve Winwood, Diana Ross, Queen, the American Saxophone Quartet, New York Philharmonic, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmiere and Mongo Santamaria.

Mintzer's performances are part of the F. Ludwig Diehn Concert and Residency Series, which is funded by a grant from the F. Ludwig Diehn Music Fund of the Norfolk Foundation.

For more information call 683-3020.

This article was posted on: April 1, 2001

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