2016 IUP Jazz Festival To be Held April 30

Posted on 4/14/2016 1:31:00 PM

The Department of Music of Indiana University of Pennsylvania presents the 16th annual IUP Jazz Festival. The Festival will be held in Fisher Auditorium in the Performing Arts Center on the IUP campus on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 7:00 p.m. and will feature the IUP Jazz Band and the IUP Jazz Ensemble.

The featured guest artist for the concert is trumpeter George Rabbai. The IUP Jazz Band is led by Keith Young, professor of Saxophone. The IUP Jazz Ensemble is directed by Kevin Eisensmith, professor of Trumpet.

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George RabbaiGeorge Rabbai’s first national recognition as a trumpeter came when he joined the Woody Herman Orchestra, touring as a jazz soloist. During his two-year stay, Rabbai performed at jazz festivals and concert halls throughout the United States and abroad, and recorded with Herman on the Concord and Toshiba EMI labels. His unique style of scat singing prompted Herman to reinstate and rerecord the classic arrangement of the big band bebop hit of the 1940’s “Lemon Drop” as a vocal and trumpet feature. Lemon Drop is also the title of his premier CD, released in 1997, on DBK Records. Rabbai’s next CD with DBK, called In Good Company, was released the following year. After touring with the Woody Herman orchestra, Rabbai was selected as part of the Woody Herman All-Star small group, performing with artists like Sal Nistico, Jake Hannah, Nat Pierce, George Duvivier, Scott Hamilton, and famous Count Basie tenorman Frank Wess. He has also performed as a soloist with the Concord Jazz All-Stars. As a leader, Rabbai has recorded with jazz greats Hank Jones, Rufus Reid, and Mel Lewis for the Naxos label.

Rabbai’s lyrical trumpet sound is featured in the soundtrack of Baseball, a film by Ken Burns, which first aired nationally on PBS in 1994. He can also be heard in Burns’ epic documentary The West.  Rabbai has worked as a soloist behind vocalist Rosemary Clooney and is featured on her Demi-Centennial: A Girl Singer’s Golden Anniversary television special for the Arts and Entertainment network. Most recently, Rabbai has been working with vocalist Michael Feinstein and is featured jazz soloist on Feinstein’s double CD, Romance on Broadway and Romance on Film. Rabbai has also recorded with Margaret Whiting and was featured with Tony Bennett on his television special, Tony Bennett With Love.

Rabbai will present a clinic in Fisher Auditorium on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The clinic is free and open to the general public. Cost of tickets for the evening concert is: $10 regular admission, $8 for senior citizens and students, and $6 with an I-Card.

For more information about this concert, please call the IUP Department of Music at (724) 357-2390.