The Department of Music of Indiana University of Pennsylvania presents the 17th annual IUP Jazz Festival. The Festival will be held in Fisher Auditorium in the Performing Arts Center on the IUP campus on Saturday, April 15 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 trombonist David Gibson.
Trombonist David Gibson has enjoyed a varied musical career which is deeply rooted in the genres of jazz and funk. While reared in Oklahoma, Gibson’s musical journey steered him to New York City. Jazz luminary Curtis Fuller said about Gibson, “Out of all the young players I hear in the music today, David is one of very few who speaks the language of jazz”.
Gibson’s latest release, Inner Agent, is his fourth for Posi-tone Records. It follows on the heels of Boom, and Gibson sees it as “a natural continuation of what we began with Boom. There are more risks taken and more trust present in the performances. Like any successful team, the members of this quintet are often willing to risk failure knowing that they can depend on the support of their teammates to provide a soft landing.” The “team” of which Gibson speaks is the incredibly dynamic collection of NYC-based musicians that includes Freddie Hendrix, trumpet; Theo Hill piano; Alexander Claffy, bass; and Kush Abadey, drums. The rapport between these musicians is palpable as they use their powers to propel the music.
Gibson’s early experience in New York had him performing with Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, and others. In 2003, he was a finalist in the Thelonius Monk International Trombone Competition and has subsequently released seven recordings as a leader. His current quintet has been cutting its teeth in the jazz clubs of NYC, such as Smalls, Fat Cat and Dizzy’s Club, at J@LC. Though Gibson’s compositions make up the bulk of their music, this eclectic group’s repertoire also runs the gamut with arrangements of material from Dr. Billy Taylor to George Harrison.
Gibson is busy performing with and composing for many diverse artists in New York City, including Roy Hargrove, Orrin Evans, and George Gee, in addition to teaching at the New School University and Columbia University. Legendary trombonist/composer Slide Hampton says, “David Gibson is one of the very talented, truly dedicated musicians on the New York scene today.”
Gibson will present a clinic in Fisher Auditorium on Saturday, April 15, 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.