IUP Jazz Festival April 18

Posted on 4/1/2009 9:53:44 AM

Harry WattersThe Department of Music and The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host the tenth annual IUP Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 18, 2009 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The festival will be held in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

The IUP Jazz Band and the IUP Jazz Ensemble will host featured guest trombonist Harry Watters. The IUP Jazz Band is led by Keith Young, and the IUP Jazz Ensemble is directed by Kevin Eisensmith.

New Orleans trombonist and Jupiter Artist Harry Watters serves with both the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and the U.S. Army Brass Quintet in Washington, D.C. His recordings include Love Songs; Centaur Records’ S’Wonderful: The Music of George Gershwin, with arranger and conductor William Grimes; and Summit Records’ Brothers, Brothers II, & Brothers III, with trumpeter Ken Watters.

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, and a graduate of the University of North Texas, Watters spent four years touring and recording with the Dukes of Dixieland. While working at night on Bourbon Street, a sleep-deprived Watters attended the University of New Orleans by day, serving as the graduate assistant to professor Ellis Marsalis.

Watters has performed with Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Erich Kunzel, Shirley Jones, Peter Nero, Kevin Mahogany, Wycliffe Gordon, Bernadette Peters, Lou Rawls, Maureen McGovern, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Whiggam, Tom “Bones Malone,” and James Moody. He has also appeared as a featured soloist with the West Virginia Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Tulsa Pops, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Janacek Philharmonic, the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, the Kishinev Festival Orchestra, and the U.S. Army Orchestra.

Watters is constantly on the move. His clinic, “Power Practicing,” has been presented at the American Band College, the Association of Concert Bands National Convention, the University of North Texas, Southeastern Louisiana University, New Mexico State University, the University of Tennessee, East Carolina State University, Baker University, the University of Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, Louisiana State University, Loyola University, and the University of New Orleans and in high schools throughout the United States.

Watters’ appearance at the IUP Jazz Festival has been made possible, in part, through a grant from Jupiter and Volkwein’s Music, with additional support from the IUP Department of Music.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Hadley Union Box Office or by calling 724-357-1313. Tickets will also be sold at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. Regular admission is $9, $8 for senior citizens and students, and $6 for students and children.

For more information, contact The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail us (lively-arts@iup.edu).