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Scott Whitfield will perform with the SDSU Jazz Ensemble on Thursday, Nov. 19. Scott Whitfield will perform with the SDSU Jazz Ensemble on Thursday, Nov. 19.
 


Scott Whitfield set to perform with SDSU Jazz Ensemble

A concert brings together SDSU's top jazz ensemble with professional talent.
By Lizbeth Persons Price
 

Special guest artist Scott Whitfield — internationally recognized for his work with many contemporary big bands — will join SDSU’s top Jazz Ensemble for two concerts in Smith Recital Hall on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5 and 7 p.m.

Bill Yeager, director of jazz studies, will conduct the ensemble.

Yeager is eager to share Whitfield’s talents with audiences at SDSU. “Scott Whitfield is a well known trombonist, composer and singer in both the jazz scene’s of New York and Los Angeles,” Yeager explained. “He and his wife, Ginger, have just completed a great new recording featuring the music of the American icon, Johnny Mandel.  These new vocal selections will be featured, along with the SDSU Jazz Ensemble.”

Guest with international fame

Among the top bands on Whitfield's resume are the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, and the new edition of Johnny Griffin’s Big Soul Band, as well as his own Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestras (East and West).

Whitfiled has performed throughout the world, from Australia to Zurich, sharing his expertise on trombone technique, improvisation, composition, arranging, and jazz history, and now comes to SDSU by special request to perform with the acclaimed SDSU Jazz Ensemble.

Jazz program attracts top talent

The SDSU Jazz Studies Program has long been one of the premier jazz studies programs in the United States and regularly attracts the finest talent from the United States and abroad. The program offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in jazz studies and is committed to turning out students who are competent, passionate, highly motivated and willing to take risks.

The SDSU Jazz Ensemble is the top jazz performance group at SDSU, and appears as part of the school’s 2015-16 season of performing arts offerings.  The SDSU School of Music and Dance presents over 200 concerts, recitals and dance performances each year.

The concert is open to the public, and tickets are available online.