Cameron University’s Department of Music will feature one of its own during the 35th Annual Jazz Festival when CU alumnus Michael Cox takes the stage on Thursday, March 3. The concert will open with the iowa Park High School Jazz Band under the direction of Ed Hefti. Also taking the stage will be the Cameron University Jazz Ensemble and the Cameron/Lawton Community Jazz Ensemble, both directed by Dr. Ann Bradfield. The concert takes place in the Cameron University Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge. The event is sponsored by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.
A variety of genres will be represented in the program. The Cameron University Jazz Ensemble will perform three numbers - "All the Things You Are," "Caravan," and "East of the Sun"- arranged especially for the ensemble as well as an arrangement of "Impressions." Cox will be featured as a soloist on each piece.
The Cameron University/Lawton Community Jazz Ensemble will close the program. They will perform the swing standard, "Shiny Stockings" as well as, "Work Song," "Have you Met Miss Jones," "Where or When," and one of Dr. Cox's own tunes, "1898 Hymn."
Dr. Cox, a 1983 Cameron graduate, is a tenured Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Capital University. He currently chairs the Woodwind Area and teaches an Audition Lab in addition to teaching jazz and classical saxophone.
While making a commitment to teaching full time at the collegiate level, he has maintained a continuous schedule as a freelance saxophone and woodwind soloist and performer. He has appeared with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Columbus and Lancaster Symphonies, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, and numerous groups including Brasileira, the Science Gravy Orchestra, Magically Delicious, Too Far North and the Powerhouse Trio, among others. Although primarily an alto, tenor, and soprano saxophonist, he recently assumed the clarinet chair in the popular traditional/New Orleans style group the High Street Stompers.
His recordings include the 2009 release “The Music of Dizzy Gillespie” and the 1999 release of the highly acclaimed “Abstractions, Dedications and Red Dirt.”
February 24, 2011