Jazz Fest features international lineup

Pianist Helen Sung, saxophonist Dimos Dimitriadis and vocalist/pianist Carol Welsman will headline the 2007 Jazz Fest at the College of Musical Arts, beginning today (March 26).

All events during the six-day festival, which runs though Saturday (March 31), will be held in the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Sung, a native of Houston, intended to pursue a career in classical piano, but switched to jazz while working on her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Now a New York City resident, she can be found performing with jazz greats such as drummer T.S. Monk, trombonist Steve Terre and trumpeter Clark Terry. Her band works nationally and internationally, appearing at festivals and conducting university clinics and master classes.

Dimitriadis is an assistant professor of saxophone and director of jazz studies at Ionian University in Corfu, Greece. The founder of the university's jazz and improvisation program, he was the first jazz musician to be elected to an academic position in Greece. He also serves as artistic director of the Summer Jazz Academy and the Ionian Jazz Concerts in Corfu.

Welsman, an internationally acclaimed singer and pianist from Canada, was named Pianist/Keyboardist of the Year and was a nominee for Best Female Vocalist at the 2006 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. Four of her five albums have also received Juno Award nominations.

Sung, whom “JazzTimes” calls “one of the year's most exciting listens,” will give a solo recital at 7 p.m. tonight (March 26) in Bryan Recital Hall. Assisting will be bassist Jeff Halsey and drummer Roger Schupp from the College of Musical Arts faculty.

Sung will also conduct an improvisation clinic at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (March 27) in 1002 Moore Musical Arts Center.

On Wednesday (March 28), Dimitriadis will give a jazz saxophone master class at 11:30 a.m. in 3010 Moore Musical Arts Center. That evening, he will appear with the Faculty Jazz Group at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall. Members of the Faculty Jazz Group are Charles Saenz, trumpet; William Mathis, trombone; Chris Buzzelli, guitar; Russell Schmidt, piano; Halsey, and Schupp.

At 8 p.m. Thursday (March 29), the BGSU Jazz Lab Band I, directed by Schmidt, will perform in Kobacker Hall.

Two events will be held on Friday (March 30) with Welsman. She will present a vocal jazz clinic at 3:30 p.m. and will be the featured guest performer with the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Buzzelli, at 8 p.m. Both events will be held in Bryan Recital Hall. Welsman's appearance is made possible with the support of contributions from Bowling Green residents and jazz aficionados Marlene Norton and Jerry Liss.

Jazz Fest will conclude at noon Saturday in Bryan Recital Hall with a performance by the Student Jazz Combos.

All events for Jazz Fest are free and open to the public.

March 26, 2007