Masters of Swing/Jazz Series comes to campus

Six-concert series features Warren Vaché, Mary Ellen Tanner, kicks off Sept. 14 | July 31, 2003

World-class trumpeter Warren Vaché has played with the likes of Rosemary Clooney and Benny Carter, and has performed in jazz festivals and concerts from Carnegie Hall to The Vienna Opera to Holland's North Sea Jazz Festival. But this fall Xavier is lucky enough to have him on campus, performing as part of the 2003-2004 Masters of Swing/Jazz Series.

Tickets are now available for the series of six concerts, to be held at the Gallagher Student Center Theater. Seating is reserved and limited, so ordering in advance is recommended.

Vaché's performance is just one highlight of the schedule featuring the following:

Sunday, Sept. 14, at 7:00 p.m., Bob Adams and the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band are performing their good-time Dixieland music. The evening features Bob Adams vocals on some of the great old saloon songs of the '30s and '40s.

Sunday, Nov. 2, at 7:00 p.m., Warren Vaché and the Phil deGreg trio are performing some of the great swing ballads backed by a string group.

Sunday, Feb. 29, at 3:00 p.m., Mary Ellen Tanner and her trio, plus Rick VanMatre, are performing. This Cincinnati favorite is performing selections from the Great American Songbook of George Gershwin and Harold Arlen.

Sunday, March 21, at 3:00 p.m., the Floodwall Jazz Quintet, a subsidiary of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, is performing the music of Claude Bolling. This multi-talented composer and pianist has performed with the world’s finest musicians. The performance includes a flutist, pianist, guitarists and rhythm section.

Sunday, April 4, at 3:00 p.m., Bill Gemmer and his Newport Dream Band are performing. Gemmer, an outstanding trombone artist, and his 13-piece Dream Band are performing original charts of Ellington, Basie and Goodman.

Saturday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m., New York Swing is performing. New York Swing is John Bunch, piano; Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar; and Jay Leonhart, bass. The legendary trio has defined New York swing in the 90s. This popular group has several CDs and is heavily booked at home and abroad.

Season tickets, for all six concerts, cost $60. Tickets for individual performances cost $15. Senior citizens, 60 years or older, receive a $3 discount. To receive an order form or for more information, contact John Heim, S.J., at or ext. 3161. Mail ticket orders and payments to Xavier University Piano and Guitar Series, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-2712.