Jazz Alley tonight at PAC

Brittany Parsons
June 15, 2011

This Friday night the Paramount stage will be filled with the music of Marshall University’s Bluetrane. The jazz ensemble is made up of 6 members of Marshall’s faculty and is named in honor of the jazz legend John Coltrane. Bluetrane performs at various venues across the tri-state area. The group consists of Dr. Ed Bingham, James Steven Hall, Martin Saunders, Michael Stroeher, Sean Parsons (no relation), and Mark Zanter. Bluetrane is the Paramount’s second performance from our Jazz Alley Series.

Now for some bios…

Bingham, a founding member of Bluetrane, is Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Marshall University and director of Marshall’s Jazz Ensemble, which holds two jazz festivals each year. The university’s winter jazz festival just celebrated its 42nd anniversary, making it one of the longest-running in the country. Bingham also performs with the Huntington Symphony Orchestra. Hall, an Associate Professor in the Marshall University Music Department, is the groups percussionist. In the past he has played with LeAnn Rimes, Rray Charles, and Frank Sinatra Jr. Saunders is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies. Before working for Marshall University, Saunders played for the Air Force Band program. In addition to performing with Bluetrane, he is the feature soloist for Charleston’s Lippz Big Band. Stroeher, professor of low brass, plays trombone for the ensemble and has played with Arthur Fiedler, Dave Brubeck, Michel Legrand, Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald, the Sylistics and the Cab Calloway Orchestra. In addition to Bluetrane, Stroeher also performs with the Huntington Symphony. Parsons teaches various jazz classes at Marshall University and is the ensemble’s pianist and has performed with Clark Terry, James Moody, Jon Faddis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Randy Brecker, and Steve Turre. Zanter is Marshall’s associate professor of composition. He has appeared as a composer and performer on WILL, IPR, Second Sunday concerts, on WVPN In Touch With The Arts.

The show is this Friday June 17 at 8 pm. Tickets are still available, $25 for adults, $15 for students, so call the box office and get yours! 606.324.3175

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