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Do you want to know who Dizzy Gillespie  idolized? Did you ever wonder who inspired Kenny Clarke and Art Blakey? Who was the pianist that mentored Monk, Bud Powell, Tad Dameron, Elmo Hope, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Torme? Who was Art Tatum’s idol and Nat Cole’s mentor? What musical quartet pioneered the concept adopted later by the Modern Jazz Quartet? Were you ever curious to know who taught saxophone to Stanley Turrentine or who taught piano to Ahmad Jamal? What community music school trained Robert McFerrin, Sr. for his history-making debut with the Metropolitan Opera? What virtually unknown pianist was a significant influence on young John Coltrane, Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Timmons and Ray Bryant when he moved to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh in the 1940s?  Would you be surprised to know that Erroll Garner attended classes at the Julliard School of Music in New York and was at the top of his class in writing and arranging proficiency?


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Dale Fielder @ Lincoln Park Performing Art Center Apr 11, 2010

Event Details

Dale Fielder @ Lincoln Park Performing Art Center Apr 11, 2010

Time: April 11, 2010 from 3pm to 5pm
Location: Lincoln Park Performing Art Center
Street: One Lincoln Park
City/Town: Midland, PA 15059
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Event Type: jazz, festival
Organized By: LPPAC
Latest Activity: Mar 31, 2010

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Event Description

Eight jazz master musicians to perform in Lincoln Park Jazz Festival

MIDLAND, Pa. – Some of the Tri-State Area’s top high school musicians will have the chance to learn from and perform on stage with eight great jazz music professionals in the second annual Lincoln Park Jazz Festival on Sunday, April 11.

Dale Fielder on alto saxophone, Eric DeFade on tenor sax, James Moore on trumpet, Jeff Bush on trombone, guitarist Ken Karsh, David Budway on piano, Paul Thompson on bass and Jim Rupp on drums will perform in the 3 p.m. Sunday concert in Lincoln Park’s mainstage theater.

Up to 60 area high school musicians will learn from the masters in a day-long workshop on Saturday, April 11. The top 20 students will be selected to perform in the Sunday concert at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center. The first half of the concert will feature the students as a band, with the master musicians soloing. The professionals take over the stage for the second half.

“The master teachers are looking forward to this. They don’t often get to play together,” said Sal Aloe, director of partnerships and special projects at Lincoln Park.

Tickets for the jazz festival are $10 for adults, and $5 for students, and may be purchased from the Lincoln Park Box Office in person or by calling 724.643.9004.

The workshop is sponsored by Lincoln Park and the center’s community arts education program, the Henry Mancini Arts Academy.

Aloe said area high school band directors were notified of the jazz workshop and encouraged to have their students apply. Space in the workshop remains available. Aloe may be contacted at 724.643.9004, extension 1673.

The program for the student half of the concert includes the selections “Body and Soul,” “Fanfare for the Common Man,” “Groovin’ High,” “Mambo Diablo” and “Computer.”

Dale Fielder, a native son of Midland, PA, is a regular on the national jazz scene. He has toured Europe and Asia with his 2 groups: DFQ featuring the legendary pianist Jane Getz which recorded his critically acclaimed CD "DFQ Plays The Music Of Pepper Adams" in 2007, and his Angel City Quartet which has a new CD entitled “Stellar Moments” for 2010. Fielder is also an educational clinician for Jupiter Band Instruments.

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