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The residency will culminate in two performances in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center. The first, with ODU's Big Band, will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9. On Monday April 10, Abercrombie will perform with the John Toomey Trio as part of the F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series. Tickets for the April 10 performance may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Combining bop and free jazz stylistic elements with electronics, Abercrombie ties together some of jazz's many threads. His recordings for ECM have helped define that label's progressive jazz reputation. He has remained a vital creative personality with a style that is essentially jazz-based, but also displays a more-than-passing familiarity with forms that range from folk and rock to Eastern and Western art music.

The F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series is supported by a grant from the Diehn Fund of The Norfolk Foundation. Tickets for the performance are $15 for general admission; $10 for Old Dominion faculty and staff, senior citizens and non-ODU students; and $5 for ODU students with valid ID.

Tickets may be purchased at the Arts and Letters Box Office in the atrium of the Diehn Center, located on the corner of 49th Street and Elkhorn Avenue, or by calling 683-5305.

Abercrombie's residency schedule includes the following free sessions:
April 6 - Clinic, 3 p.m.; open rehearsal with ODU Big Band, 4:30 p.m.
April 7 - Clinic, 10 a.m.
April 8 - Open dress rehearsal with the ODU Big Band, 1 p.m.
April 9 - Performance with the ODU Big Band, 4 p.m.
April 10 - Clinic, 10 a.m.

This article was posted on: March 14, 2006

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