As part of the Fredonia 2014 Homecoming Celebration, the 1970s Fredonia Alumni Jazz Ensemble will return to campus to present "Jazz Extravaganza," an alumni reunion concert featuring original big band charts written and arranged by band members. The group will be joined by the 2014-2015 Fredonia Jazz Ensemble led by graduate percussion student Alec Dube.
Members of the 1970s group are traveling to Fredonia for this special reunion event from as far as Florida, Kentucky and California. In past years members have traveled from Arizona, Alaska and Germany. Making a special appearance from Los Angeles is trumpet player Howie Shear (class of '75) who graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1977 with a Master of Jazz degree and then went on to tour with the Woody Herman band as lead trumpet and featured soloist in 1980. Shear has appeared with Chuck Mangione, Tony Bennett, George Benson, Mel Torme, the Temptations and the Spinners. He served as musical arranger and lead trumpet player in the Joan Rivers Late Night Show and in 2002 received a Doctorate of Music degree from University of Southern California. For the 2014 Alumni Reunion Concert he has written a special tune for the group entitled "The Road Home."
1973 alumni Bob Shaut, who writes and arranges for the band, has made arrangements of three tunes for this year's concert. 1972 alumni Monk Rowe has written a tune for the concert entitled "MoJo'To" and has also orchestrated "You're Driving Me Crazy." Teaching at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, he is actively involved with the Hamilton College Jazz Archives which features interviews of famous jazz musicians such as Dave Brubeck, Jon Hendricks, Clark Terry, Frank Foster and Marian McPartland.
The concert is coordinated by Dr. Linda Phillips of the Fredonia School of Music, Patricia Feraldi, Director of Alumni Affairs, and 1970s FJE members Charlie LeCount and Craig Fattey. Visit www.fredonia.edu/music/listen for a special live-streaming presentation of this performance. Free.