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Texas Tech School of Music Hosts Jazz Festival and Concert

Benjamin Robinette

April 8, 2016

The annual concert will include performances by trombonist Bill Watrous and Texas Tech jazz ensembles.

WHAT: The Texas Tech University School of Music presents the 49th Annual Jazz Band Festival Evening Concert featuring the Texas Tech Jazz Ensembles I and II and the Jazz Combo I with guest artist Bill Watrous.

Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for seniors and non-Texas Tech students with an ID. Texas Tech students with an ID and children under 12 will be admitted for free at the door. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door one hour prior to the event.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. April 16

WHERE: Allen Theatre, Student Union Building

WHO:  A self-described “bop-oriented” player, trombonist Bill Watrous is well-known among fellow trombonists as a master technician and for his mellifluous sound. He is perhaps best known by casual fans of jazz music for his rendition of Sammy Nestico's arrangement of the Johnny Mandel ballad, “A Time for Love,” which he recorded on a 1993 album of the same name. He has played and recorded with many jazz luminaries, including Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Quincy Jones, Johnny Richards and fellow trombonist Kai Winding.

In 1971, he played with the jazz fusion group Ten Wheel Drive. Watrous also formed his own band in the 1970s, The Manhattan Wildlife Refuge Big Band, which recorded two albums for Columbia Records. He has continued to work since the 1980s as a band leader, studio musician and performer at various jazz clubs. In 1983, Watrous collaborated with Alan Raph to publish “Trombonisms,” an instructional manual covering various performance techniques for the trombone. He has recorded as a solo artist, band leader and in various small ensembles on a number of different labels. He is on the music faculty at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

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CONTACT: Stephen Jones, director of jazz studies, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Texas Tech University (806) 834-8379 or stephen.jones@ttu.edu