Ashland University's Maplerock Jazz Festival Announces 2011 Lineup

4/6/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University's award-winning Jazz program has released the schedule for the 2011 Maplerock Jazz Festival slated for Friday, April 29.

Along with free performances by six area high school jazz ensembles in the afternoon, the event presents a main stage concert at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre on the Ashland University campus featuring guest artists Paul Ferguson, trombone; Marc Piane, bass; Bobby Sanabria, Latin percussion; and Bobby Selvaggio, saxophone.

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 noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. 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.

Afternoon performances will begin at 1 p.m. with Lake High School's Jazz Orchestra from Uniontown, Ohio, followed at 1:30 p.m. with the Ashland High School Jazz Band B, Wellington High School Jazz Band at 2 p.m., Clear Fork High School Stage Band at 2:30 p.m., Rittman High School Jazz Band at 3 p.m., and concluding with a performance at 3:30 PM by the Ashland High School Jazz Band A.

The evening concert will present several selections performed by the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra led by Ashland University Associate Professor of Music Dr. Scott Garlock. Works will be selected from Paul Ferguson's arrangement of "Danny Boy," Dizzy Gillispie's "Birk's Works," along with pieces featuring various soloists including Trent Kimball on saxophone for Rich Shanklin's "Chief's Blues," Jim Slike on trombone for Nestico's arrangement of "Lover Man," and Aaron Hill on drums for Taylor's  arrangement of "Brush Taps."

Guest artists will be featured on various pieces including trombonist Paul Ferguson performing his original compositions and arrangements of "Buckeye Blues," "Mon Ami Jobim," "That's a Plenty" and "If I Should Lose You." Bobby Selvaggio will be featured on saxophone for his own arrangement of "Transgressions" along with Howie Smith's "Sonny's Side Up." On bass, Marc Piane will be the soloist for Charles Mingus' "Nostalgia in Times Square." Latin percussionist Bobby Sanabria's featured pieces are yet to be determined.

Trombonist Paul Ferguson has been director of Jazz Studies at Case Western Reserve University since 1988. A graduate of the University of Akron and the Eastman School of Music, Paul has traveled with the Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller bands as lead trombonist and arranger and currently fills those functions with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.  He was principal trombonist of the Canton Symphony from 1989-98 and at various times has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Apollos's Fire, the Cleveland Chamber Brass, the New Hampshire Festival Orchestra and various groups across Northeast Ohio.  In 1995, Paul was the recipient of the Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition.

Bassist and composer Marc Piane has played and recorded with talents throughout Chicago. He co-founded and co-directs the Summer Lab On Stage program, a musical theater program for 5th-8th graders at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. He also teaches privately at the Chicago Center School of Music.

Bobby Sanabria - percussionist, composer and multiple Grammy nominee - has performed with a veritable Who's Who in the world of jazz and Latin music, as well as with his own critically acclaimed ensembles. His diverse recording and performing experience includes work with such legendary figures as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Paquito D'Rivera, Charles McPherson, Mongo Santamaría, Ray Barretto, Marco Rizo, Arturo Sandoval, Roswell Rudd, Chico O'Farrill, Candido, Yomo Toro, Francisco Aguabella, Larry Harlow, Henry Threadgill, and the Godfather of Afro-Cuban Jazz, Mario Bauzá.

Bobby Selvaggio is one of the leading voices on alto sax in today's Jazz scene.  He plays alto and soprano sax, alto clarinet, flute, is a bandleader of multiple projects, composer and arranger, Jazz clinician, and assistant director of Jazz Studies at Kent State University.  After living in New York City for four years, gigging all over the city at such places as the Vanguard and Birdland, and getting a master's degree in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music, he moved back to Cleveland with his family and has recorded six CDs ( the last 2 for Arabesque Records ), booked gigs and tours with his various bands, is continually creating new musical projects, and is writing a book on Jazz Improvisation.

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