Thursday, March 16, 2006

With Maria Schneider Orchestra will perform in Seattle

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With Maria Schneider Orchestra will perform in Seattle

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle presents for two nights only(February 6 - 7) composer/conductor Maria Schneider and her 19-piece Jazz Orchestra.

Band members include: Steve Wilson (alto/soprano/clarinet/flute/alto flute/oboe/Englishhorn), Charles Pillow (alto/soprano/clarinet/flute/alto flute/oboe/English horn), RichPerry (tenor/flute), Donny McCaslin (tenor/soprano/clarinet/flute), Scott Robinson(baritone/flute/clarinet/bass clarinet), Tony Kadleck (trumpet/flugelhorn), Greg Gisbert(trumpet/flugelhorn), Jon Owens (trumpet/flugelhorn), Ingrid Jensen(trumpet/flugelhorn), Keith O-Quinn (trombone), Rock Ciccarone (trombone), LarryFarrell (trombone), George Flynn (bass trombone), Ben Monder (guitar), FrankKimbrough (piano), Jay Anderson (bass), Clarence Penn (drums), Jon Wikan (cajon),and Hugo Alcazar (cajon).

The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra came into being in 1993, appearing at Visiones inGreenwich Village every Monday night for a stretch of five years. Subsequently, herorchestra received invitations to perform at many jazz festivals and concert halls acrossEurope as well as in Brazil and Macau. She's received numerous commissions and invitesfor guest conducting her music with American and European orchestras. Countries withgroups that she's guest conducted include Italy, Portugal, France, Sweden, Denmark,Norway, Finland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Canada, Scotland,Australia, Greenland and Iceland, as well as across the U.S. Commissions include theNorrbotten Big Band's and Danish Radio Orchestra's commission to arrange and conductconcerts with Toots Thielemans. She arranged a concert of Ivan Lins' music for IvanLins, Toots Thielemans and the Danish Radio Orchestra for an extensive European tourin 2003. Spring of 2004, she and her orchestra gave a series of four concerts at HunterCollege.

Maria's debut recording Evanescence, was nominated for two 1995 Grammy Awards:Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance, and for its title piece, Best InstrumentalComposition. Her second and third recordings Coming About and Allgresse were alsoboth nominated for Grammy Awards as well. Maria has received two Jazz JournalistAwards for Best Composer, two for Best Arranger and one for Best Big Band. Maria haswon many of the DOWNBEAT and JAZZTIMES Critics and Readers Polls. Her third album,Allgresse was chosen by both TIME and BILLBOARD in their “Top Ten recordings of2000”, which was inclusive of all genres of music. Most recently Concert in the Gardenreceived a Grammy Award (2005), and is the first recording to receive the awardwithout being distributed in record stores.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pictures, cortesy by Hugo Alcazar

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