ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Veteran jazz pianist Lee Shaw will be the featured guest at the first annual Oneonta Jazz Festival at the SUNY College at Oneonta on April 24. Shaw and her trio will perform at 4 p.m. in Lecture Hall 3 of the Hodgdon Instructional Resources Center at SUNY Oneonta. General admission tickets will be available for $10 at the door and can be reserved by calling (607) 436-3471.
A resident of Cohoes, Lee Shaw has performed nationwide and toured internationally with bassist Rich Syracuse and drummer Jeff Siegel. The trio and their new recording are featured in the Spring 2010 issue of "Jazziz Magazine." A youthful octogenarian, Shaw is a pianist, composer, and bandleader. Over the years, she has studied with
Oscar Peterson, taught piano to John Medeski, and worked with countless jazz luminaries.
On April 24, Shaw will also present a master class for the college and high school musicians and faculty participating in the festival.
Members of the community are invited to attend the free performances by school and college ensembles throughout the day in the Hamblin Arena Theater of the SUNY Oneonta Fine Arts Center. The following jazz ensembles are scheduled to perform: Buffalo State College Jazz Ensemble at 9:30 a.m.; SUNY Oneonta East Village Ensemble at 10 a.m.; Middleburgh High School at 10:30 a.m.; SUNY New Paltz at 11 a.m.; SUNY Morrisville Jazz Ensemble at 11:30 a.m.; Schenectady Community College Jazz Ensemble at 12 p.m.; SUNY Brockport Saxophone Quartet at 12:30 p.m.; Oneida Middle School at 1 p.m.; Central Park International Magnet School Jazz Band at 1:30 p.m.; SUNY Oswego Jazz Ensemble at 2 p.m.; SUNY Geneseo Jazz Ensemble at 2:30 p.m.; and Bill's Band (Oneonta Jazz Orchestra) at 3 p.m.
The festival will include workshops, documentary and concert films, lectures, and clinics for faculty and their student performers. Through the annual festival, SUNY Oneonta intends to establish a dialogue among music programs at the SUNY schools to help them learn from each other and share ideas.
More information about the Oneonta Jazz Festival is available from Dr. Arthur Falbush of the SUNY Oneonta Music Department at (917) 817-7251, Professor Tony Scafide of the SUNY Oneonta Music Department at (607) 436-3471, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.