Saxophone event brings famous performers to UWP

March 27, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - More than 90 participants from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin will converge in the Center for the Arts at UW-Platteville for the North American Saxophone Alliance Region V Conference April 3-5.

The conference will feature a variety of performances, lectures and workshops with numerous participants including undergraduate and graduate students, university faculty saxophonists and special guest artists Bob Mintzer, Jean-Ives Fourmeau, Joseph Lulloff, John Thulin and David Ott.

Mintzer will be performing a concert with UWP faculty and the UWP Jazz I ensemble on Saturday evening. Known for his diversification in music, Mintzer is a world-renowned composer, arranger and educator. In 2002, Mintzer won a Grammy for the Bob Mintzer Big Band recording "Homage to Count Basie." In addition, he has recorded 11 Big Band CDs with five Grammy nominations and eight small group jazz CDs. Mintzer is also a 13-year member of the contemporary jazz group "The Yellowjackets," which has received numerous Grammy nominations and has recorded nine CDs since Mintzer became a member. As an educator, Mintzer has performed at 20 workshops annually and teaches private saxophone lessons at the Manhattan School of Music.

"Anytime there is an opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with younger performers, I jump at it," Mintzer said.

Fourmeau will be giving three master classes during the conference. An international soloist and professor with the academy of Cergy-Pontoise, Fourmeau has been a technical adviser for Yamaha since 1985. He has performed more than 500 concerts and master classes in Europe, Asia, Canada and the U.S. along with recording 11 CDs.

Lulloff will be working with Fourmeau to present the three master classes along with performing with the UWP Symphonic Wind Ensemble to present the world premiere of Ott's new saxophone concerto. Lulloff is well-recognized as the most sought after performance artist and clinician of today. After debuting in Carnegie Hall in 1985, Lulloff received the Concert Artists Guild Award. He has received numerous awards since then including the Pro Musicus International Music Award in 1987 and the Teacher/Scholar Award from MSU in 1995. Lulloff has been featured at several World Saxophone Congresses and included in numerous recordings as a soloist and ensemble member.

Thulin is a Platteville native and will perform with the faculty jazz quintet during the conference. A pianist of the National Public Radio show "What Do Ya Know" and Steve Charlson, Thulin is also a jazz artist and principal bassist of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.

Ott will present the world premiere of his new saxophone concerto on Friday night. A renowned composer, Ott received his undergraduate degree at UWP in 1969. Since then, he has earned his master's degree and his doctorate and has received numerous awards. Ott has been awarded the ASCAP Special Award for the past nine years and was named winner of the prestigious Music Alive Award in January 2003. Ott is also one of seven American composers selected by a distinguished panel representing the American Symphony Orchestra League and Meet the Composer.

The North American Saxophone Alliance is a professional music organization comprised of professional performers, university professors, public school teachers and students of all levels and others who share a common enthusiasm for the saxophone.

"As a student, I found it was very helpful and inspiring to have direct contact with well-established jazz players," Mintzer said. "Jazz music is a word of mouth concept as far as acquiring information. I have learned a lot of what I know from older, more experienced musicians."

The NASA Region V Conference is open to all students, faculty and community members. For more information regarding the North American Saxophone Alliance, the conference or the performers, please contact Director Barry Ellis by phone at (608) 342-1017 or by email at ellisb@uwplatt.edu.

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