Cameron University Jazz Festival to present free concert featuring jazz trombonist John Fedchock

The Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts will present the 2018 Jazz Festival with special guest artist John Fedchock on Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. Fedchock will perform with the Cameron University Jazz Ensemble and the Lawton Community Jazz Ensemble. Admission is free.

John Fedchock“John Fedchock is an amazing jazz musician, arranger and bandleader,” says Dr. J.D. Little, conductor of the Cameron University Jazz Ensemble and Cameron University Community Band. “He is a consummate artist and educator who will share the stage with both Cameron ensembles, who will be performing several of his arrangements. This is going to be a spectacular evening of jazz music.”

The Cameron University Jazz Ensemble, composed primarily of CU students, will be joined by Fedchock for a slate of popular jazz numbers, including  Count Basie’s “Hay Burner,” “Midnight Passage”, “Easy Goin’”, “A Drop in the Bucket” and Tommy Dorsey’s “Opus One.”

Fedchock will also join the Community Jazz Ensemble, composed of talented musicians from throughout southwest Oklahoma, for Count Basie’s “Splanky,” Larry Coryell’s “The Great Escape,” “Big Bruiser,” “Brazilian Fantasy,” and “Breakthrough.” 

Fedchock’s career in jazz has spanned more than three decades. Since his emergence on the scene in 1980, he has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a Grammy-nominated arranger.

His critically acclaimed John Fedchock New York Big Band has become a marquee group, showcasing Fedchock’s trombone and arranging as well as the band’s all-star soloists. Fedchock is a two-time Grammy Award nominee for “Best Instrumental Arrangement.”

Fedchock began his career as a jazz trombonist when he joined the legendary Woody Herman Orchestra in 1980. He toured with Herman’s “Thundering Herd” for seven years, during which he was musical director and a featured soloist. He served as musical coordinator and chief arranger in the production of Herman’s last two Grammy Award nominated albums “50th Anniversary Tour” and “Woody’s Gold Star.” Famed jazz critic Leonard Feather called him the “unsung hero” of Woody’s “50th Anniversary Tour” album. Herman said of Fedchock, “He’s my right hand man. Everything I ask of John, he accomplishes, and I ask a lot. He’s a major talent.”  Fedchock still maintains a close association with the Herman orchestra, performing with the group on occasion and continuing to add his own compositions and arrangements to the band’s library.

Fedchock, who has toured with T.S. Monk, Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band, Louie Bellson Big Band, Bob Belden Ensemble, Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, has performed at jazz festivals and concert halls around the world.  As a solo artist, he appears throughout the United States and abroad performing as guest trombonist/composer/conductor. To add to his already diverse list of multiple talents, Fedchock is also a producer of note, and has lent his studio expertise to several recent recording projects.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Fedchock is a graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies. He also holds a master’s degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Members of the Cameron University Jazz Ensemble include Little, Kelsey Alden-Cox, Imrtraud Bryant, Trent Hagood, Jimmie Hinson, Logan Hale, Peter Macias, Diane Pihulic, Laura Reeder, Anna Southern, Ray Trevino, Jason Villarreal, all of Lawton; Joel Moncrief, Altus; Jake Downing, Poteau; and Paul Martin, Cache.

Bryant, Little and Moncrief are also members of the Cameron University Community Jazz Ensemble, joining community members K. Kay Alsobrook, Paul Birk, Monty Booker, Brian Francis, Janette Garton, Chip Gibson, David Jackson,  Myles Hanford, Misty Hickman, Bill Price,  Lonnie Snodgrass, Wayne White and Clinton Wieden.

The 2018 Jazz Festival is made possible by a grant from Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.

For more information, contact the Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts at 580-581-2346.

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March 16, 2018