POSTPONED – Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra and Lycoming College Jazz Ensemble
Paul Ferguson conducts WCJO & Lycoming College Jazz Ensemble in joint concert
Artistic Director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra will be joining the Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra and The Lycoming Jazz Ensemble for a highly-anticipated night of music to be performed at The Community Arts Center, Friday, April 3rd.
Paul Ferguson has been director of Jazz Studies at Case Western Reserve University since 1988. A graduate of the University of Akron and the Eastman School of Music, Paul has traveled with the Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller bands as lead trombonist and arranger and currently fills those functions with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Paul was principal trombonist of the Canton Symphony from 1989-98 and at various times has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Apollos’s Fire, the Cleveland Chamber Brass, the New Hampshire Festival Orchestra and various groups across Northeast Ohio. In 1995, Paul was the recipient of the Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition.He has two recordings–”Blue Highways”, recorded with the RIAS Big Band of Berlin, and “Friends”, recorded with his own orchestra. Last summer, Paul taught at an International Jazz Seminar in Zarautz, Spain, wrote three arrangements for the Glenn Miller Orchestra and wrote three arrangements for the Cleveland Pops for use on the Drew Carey show.
Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra was founded in 2011 by current members Eddie Severn and Bill Ciabattari, and was soon joined in collaboration with some of the finest musicians and educators Central PA has to offer. Today the group is comprised of 17 accomplished musicians, each of whom bring their own “jazz chops” and prowess to the orchestra. More than just performing great big band standards for music enthusiastics, one of the main goals of the orchestra lies in the outreach of promoting the art form to young musicians and help develop their talents through concerts and workshops. In addition to the concert, Ferguson’s 2 day trip will include a clinic with young musicians as well as an open rehearsal with the Lycoming College Jazz Band for students that can attend.
The Lycoming College Jazz Ensemble is conducted by one of the founding members of WCJO and music professor, Bill Ciabattari. He stated, “I think it’s a terrific opportunity to have our Lycoming College students work together with all of the talented musicians in the WCJO”.
The Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra is based in Williamsport, PA, and is made up of many of the area’s best jazz musicians. The group plays popular, familiar, obscure, sentimental, and exciting big band jazz tunes. The vision of the group is to provide instruction and education to young students in the Central Pennsylvania area as well as provide quality entertainment to enthusiastic audiences.