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Guest conductor and soloist Brian Shaw joins UMaine Jazz Ensemble for April 20 concert

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The School of Performing Arts welcome Dr. Brian Shaw, Associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at LSU, for a jazz residency April 19-21, including as guest conductor and soloist for the April 20 Jazz Ensemble concert.

The Jazz Ensemble concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Minsky Recital Hall and will feature a special performance of Kenny Wheeler’s “Sweet Time Suite,” in full.

“Kenny Wheeler is, in my opinion (and that of many others), one of the most influential, yet widely unknown jazz trumpeters and composers of the last 50 years,” says Dr. Shaw.

Shaw is currently researching and co-authoring a biography of Wheeler, who passed away in 2014, with Nick Smart.

“Sweet Time Suite” is Wheeler’s masterpiece, according to Shaw, and the April 20 concert will give Maine audiences a rare chance to hear Wheeler’s distinctive and influential composition.

“Like Duke Ellington and Wayne Shorter, he has a harmonic and melodic language that is all his own; his compositions are as instantly recognizable as his playing.”

In addition to the April 20 concert, Dr. Shaw will also be providing coaching sessions to jazz students and a presentation on Kenny Wheeler on April 19.

On Friday, April 21, Shaw will accompany the UMaine Jazz Ensemble for a live recording session at MPBN Studios. The session will be broadcast on Maine Public Radio on April 28. The recording session is open to the public.

“I’m excited to meet and work with the students, to play music with them, reconnect with my friend Professor Jack Burt, and see UMaine’s beautiful campus,” says Shaw.

Tickets for the April 20 concert are $9, or free with a student MaineCard, and may be purchased through the box office, 207.581.1755.

Dr. Shaw’s guest residency is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Fund.