Emory & Henry College will begin its celebration of the life of Martin Luther King with “An Evening of Jazz” provided by the Todd Wright Jazz Quintet on Sunday, Jan. 20.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 in Memorial Chapel at Emory & Henry.
The Todd Wright Quintet includes five outstanding individual jazz musicians who collaborate to perform in a variety of jazz styles ranging from classic to contemporary as well as other genres. The director and founder of the quintet, saxophonist Todd Wright, is director of jazz studies at Appalachian State University since 1990.
Wright has shared the stage with numerous jazz greats, including Billy Taylor, Joe Williams, Benny Golson, Clark Terry, Randy Brecker, Wycliffe Gordon, Ingrid Jenson, and the Marcus Roberts Trio. In addition to being an active jazz festival participant, he is a jazz recording artist and has toured widely as a performer.
Trombonist Rick Simerly is a regular faculty member of the famed Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops and has been artist in residence at numerous jazz campuses. As a clinician for Conn-Selmer, Inc., he regularly performs at clinics and concerts throughout the U.S. , has toured with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and has played in the bands of Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Nelson Riddle, and others.
Guitarist Andy Page has performed internationally at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Japan’s Muroran Jazz Cruise, and for jazz workshops in Freiburg, Germany. He has performed informally with jazz artists such as Matt Wilson, Gary Smulyan, Don Braden, Chris Vadala, Jack Wilkins, Jon Metzger and David Baker.
Zack Page has been performing as a professional bassist since the early 1990’s. His work with various jazz ensembles, theater companies, and the cruise industry has taken him to all 50 U.S. states, the Caribbean islands, Australia, South America, Europe, and the Far East. In the jazz genre, Zack has performed and recorded with Billy Higgins, Marvin Stamm, Eddie Daniels, Lew Tabackin, and Babik Reinhardt, the son of gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinharts. He lives in Asheville, N.C., where he enjoys a busy freelance schedule with many of the Southeast’s finest musicians.
Drummer Rick Dilling is a consummate drummer in the swing style and is in demand by most of the regions’ jazz artists. He has performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Ernie Watts, Herb Ellis, Clark Terry and others. Dilling has even traded riffs with Louis Bellson. His students have gone on to perform around the globe.
To obtain complete information related to all events in the celebration, please write or call 276.944-6842 for additional information.
Emory & Henry College is located off exit 26 on I-81.