The Department of Music of Indiana University of Pennsylvania presents the eighteenth annual IUP Jazz Festival. The Festival will be held in Fisher Auditorium in the Performing Arts Center on the IUP campus on Saturday, April 28, 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 drummer Steve Fidyk. The IUP Jazz Band is led by James Flowers, professor of Saxophone. The IUP Jazz Ensemble is directed by Kevin Eisensmith, professor of Trumpet.
Known for his touch, versatility, and musical approach, jazz drummer Steve Fidyk has earned national and international acclaim as an artist, author, and columnist. With his second album as a bandleader, aptly titled Allied Forces (2016), Fidyk has gathered together a powerful lineup and has succeeded in pushing his hard-hitting melodic message to the front lines.
Fidyk has appeared on over 100 recordings, and his discography as a co-leader includes Big Kids with John DeSalme (U.S. Roots), and two records with the Taylor/Fidyk Big Band: A Perfect Match (Write Groove, 2003) and Live at Blues Alley (OA2, 2006). His debut as a bandleader was Heads Up! (Posi-Tone, 2014), which featured Terell Stafford and Tim Warfield.
Fidyk has performed with Wayne Bergeron, John Clayton, Mark Taylor, Wycliffe Gordon, Tim Hagans, Slide Hampton, Maureen McGovern, New York Voices, Dick Oates, Arturo Sandoval, and Doc Severinsen. With Maureen McGovern, he has accompanied symphony orchestras throughout the country, including the Cincinnati Pops, Spokane Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Plano Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, and the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon Big Band.
Fidyk will present a drum set clinic in Cogswell Hall, Rm. 121, on Friday, April 27, beginning at 5:00 p.m. and a clinic on the big band on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium. The clinics are free and open to the general public. Cost of tickets for the Saturday evening concert are: $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.