2012 Maplerock Jazz Festival Features Jazz Violinist Zach Brock

2/23/12 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University’s award-winning Jazz program is proud to present the 2012 Maplerock Jazz Festival slated for Friday, March 16.  Along with free performances by area high school jazz ensembles in the afternoon, the event presents a main stage concert at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre featuring guest artist and jazz violinist Zach Brock and his trio The Magic Number.  


The afternoon performances are free and open to the public while tickets for the evening concert are available through the Ashland University Box Office at 419.289.5125, 12 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online (additional fees apply) at www.ashland.edu/tickets


One of the most virtuosic and emotive voices of contemporary jazz violin, Zach Brock has followed a path which embraces not only jazz, but also classical, world, and popular music. From critical acclaim as a bandleader to international exposure in collaborations with Stanley Clarke, Grazyna Auguscik, and Frank Vignola, Zach continues to gain admiration from both jazz purists and music enthusiasts alike. Zach’s repertoire includes re-workings of songs by Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Phil Markowitz and Zbigniew Seifert, in addition to an evolving catalogue of his own compositions. His latest CD, “The Magic Number,” offers a telling glimpse of why Zach is being heralded as “the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation.” (Neil Tesser, Chicago Examiner).


The Magic Number is an acoustic trio with Zach on violin, Matt Wigton on bass, and Fred Kennedy on drums, as well as wordless vocals and pitched percussion. The group’s unusual instrumentation allows for a wide variety of sounds, from sparse to dense, and the group’s repertoire is a mix of Zach’s original compositions with original arrangements of modern and classic jazz and pop standards.


Matt Wigton is a bassist, composer, and producer who currently resides in New York City. He has toured throughout much of the world in his 12 years as a professional musician and has recorded on over 30 records including Pamela’s 2005 Latin Grammy-Nominated record “Peru Blue.”


All About Jazz has likened drummer Fred Kennedy's “multi-phase pulse” to a “snarling beast,” and says that Kennedy’s “slashing” drumming keeps the listener “locked in and off-balance at the same time.” The New York Times calls his drumming “thrashing.”


The Jazz Festival's afternoon performances begin at 1:30 p.m. with Ashland High School Jazz Band B, followed at 2 p.m. with Rittman High School Jazz Band; Lakewood High School Jazz Band at 2:30 p.m., and conclude with Ashland High School Jazz Band A at 3 p.m.


Fresh off their spring tour of Spain, the evening concert begins with several selections performed by the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra led by Ashland University Associate Professor of Music Dr. Scott Garlock. Works performed will be selected from jazz favorites including Satin Doll, In the Mood, Come Rain or Come Shine; along with newer arrangements such as Semi-Mental Journey, Besame Mucho and Tio Jorge.  Immediately following the AU Jazz Orchestra, Zach Brock and The Magic Number will headline the evening concert. 


Tickets for the evening concert are $12 for adults; $5 for senior citizens, non-Ashland University students and Ashland University faculty and staff; and free for Ashland University students. For more information about the Maplerock Jazz Festival or the Ashland University Jazz program, visit www.ashland.edu/music or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu.  


Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

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