People, Places & Events
Sounds of Cedar Creek Lake
concert series slated Feb. 23
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–The Endowment Fund of The Library at Cedar Creek Lake is hosting its second annual two-part “Sounds of Cedar Creek Lake” concert series at Main Place Cinema in Seven Points.
It includes a jazz concert and a symphony brass concert, followed by champagne receptions in the Library’s community room.
The jazz concert is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and the brass concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29.
The jazz concert will be an evening of original compositions and jazz standards performed by The Stefan Karlsson Quintet, a group composed of world-renowned members of the University of North Texas faculty and colleagues.
Excerpts from their impressive resumes ensure the evening will be a memorable one, not only for jazz aficionados, but anyone who loves good music performed by exceptional artists.
The members of the Quintet are:
• Pianist Stefan Karlsson. A native of Sweden, Karlsson came to the United States in 1984 to study at the University of North Texas (UNT).
Karlsson spent six years at UNT earning bachelor and master degrees.
For three years at UNT he became a member of the world-renowned “One O’clock Lab Band.”
After having resided in Denver, Colo., (1991-1994) and in Las Vegas, Nev. (1994-2002), fulfilling his duties as coordinator of jazz studies at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Karlsson is a full-time faculty member in the division of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas.
He has also been part of the Stanford Jazz Workshop for eight years.
He has made 53 recordings, with seven CDs under his own leadership, and is currently a recording artist on the Cambria/Troppe Note Record label (www.tncmusic.net.)
As a composer, his music was featured in the 1994 movie releases “Sugar Hill” (featuring Wesley Snipes), “Twenty Bucks” (featuring Christopher Loyd), and the 1997 independent film “Strays.”
His music can also be heard on the television series “Melrose Place,” “Party of Five,” “Wings” and “Homicide.”
He has had the opportunity to share the stage and recorded with such jazz greats as the Eddie Gomez Trio and Quartet, Jesse Davis, Herb Ellis, Jim Ferguson, Lou Fischer, Carl Fontana, Tim Hagans, Steve Houghton, Clay Jenkins, Marc Johnson, Red Mitchell, Dick Oatts, Rich Perry, Chris Potter, Rufus Reid, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Ed Soph, Marvin Stamm, Harvie Swartz, Mark Walker, Tom Warrington, Jiggs Wigham, Eliot Zigmund and others, and has toured Japan, Europe and the United States.
• Drummer Ed Soph. Soph is an associate professor in the Jazz Studies and Performance Divisions of the College of Music at the University of North Texas.
He has toured and recorded with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Clark Terry, and is the author of several videos on drumset playing, along with being an active clinician for Yamaha drums.
Soph is the coordinator for the summer drum set workshop and has recorded numerous Jamey Aebersold playalongs.
He is internationally recognized as an author, master teacher and musician, and has presented master classes throughout Europe, the Mideast and Far East, Australia and New Zealand.
Soph is the author of Essential Techniques for Drumset (Meredith Music/Hal Leonard), Musical Time (Carl Fischer), and The Big Band Primer (Ron Jon Publishers).
He is also the author of a video, “The Drum Set: A Musical Approach” (Warner Bros.), and an instructional DVD, “Musical Time” (Carl Fischer).
As a performer and recording artist, Soph has been associated with the big bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Bill Watrous and Clark Terry.
Small group credits include trumpeters Randy Brecker, Ingrid Jensen, Red Rodney, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Ira Sullivan and Terry; saxophonists Eddie Daniels, Joe Henderson, Marchel Ivery, Pat LaBarbera and Dave Liebman.
Also, Dave Pietro and Chris Potter; trombonists Carl Fontana, Urbie Green, Slide Hampton, Bill Watrous and Jiggs Whigham, and pianists Warren Bernhardt, David Catney, Bill Evans, Stefan Karlsson, Joe LoCascio, Bill Mays, Cedar Walton and James Williams.
Soph is an Artist Clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America, the Avedis Zildjian Company, Evans Drumheads, and Innovative Percussion, makers of Ed’s signature sticks.
• Bassist Lyles West. West fuses the folksiness of his Appalachian upbringing with a sophistication forged by an extended apprenticeship in the cauldron of New York City, where he played regularly with jazz greats Junior Cook and Clifford Jordan, as well as with blues giant Charles Brown.
He was a member of the Chapel Hill, N.C., improvisational ensemble Sphota (which to this day is legendary in the area) from 1978-82. He has recorded with Texas Tenor Marchel Ivery, and also played (and recorded) with Cafe Noir.
• Saxophonist Pete Gallio. Gallio played in Haiti with noted “Compa” band Magnum, and has worked with the orchestras of Xavier Cugat, Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman.
He has also toured South America and the Caribbean with Jose Luis Rodriguez, and has performed with Eddie Daniels, Dave Liebman and Ira Sullivan, among others.
• Trumpeter Evan Weiss. Weiss writes and performs progressive music combining passionate risk-taking with gripping musicality.
Strong influences of modern classical, rock, pop and world music combine to create a unique mixture of texture, rhythm and melody.
Weiss currently composes for his own group, as well as for the One O’clock Lab Band and smaller chamber ensembles in the Dallas area.
In addition to his own music, Weiss regularly performs and records with the Hildegunn Gjedrem Group and various other local bands.
He has also shared the stage with jazz greats such as Phil Woods, Wayne Bergeron, Brian Lynch, Conrad Herwig, Ignacio Berroa and Jovino Santos Neto, along with many others.
As an international touring artist, Weiss has taken his music to Canada, China, Italy and Poland. Current trips on the calendar include two performances at the IAJE conference in Toronto, Canada, as well as a three-week European tour.
Tickets are $50 per person for each concert and may be purchased at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, or by calling the Library at (903) 432-4185 or Charles Arnt at (903) 778-2344.
All net proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships are made a part of the library’s endowment fund, the income from which is used to help the library meet its burdensome operating expenses.
Sponsorships of $300, $500, $1,000 and $2,500, with their attractive benefits (including, for the most generous sponsors, a gourmet meal at the Triple N Ranch in Trinidad, prepared by the Endowment’s Fund’s Board) are also available by calling Charles Arnt at (903) 778-2344.
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