By Randall Taylor
The Jazz program will bring its final performance in the Jazz on Stage Series to the Tilles Center on Feb. 12, with “Jazz on Stage with Matt Wilson.” The earlier Jazz on Stage performances included the Jimmy Heath Quartet on Oct. 6 and Renee Roses Quartet on Jan. 22.
In his fourth year as a music professor, Matt Wilson is once again leading the series as curator. The performance will include guitarist Keith Ganz and pianist Gary Versace. Wilsonbelieves the audience will be in for a treat.
“I think the Jazz on Stage series is an extremely unique experience that connects students to professionals in an atmosphere that is more intimate than any other master classes or performances I have attended in the past,” Tyler Moore, a music graduate student, said. Moore added that as a jazz student he has gained invaluable wisdom from the artists through witnessing “inspiring jazz performances from true masters of jazz tradition.” Andrew Krahm, a senior music major, said that the series has helped him improve his craft, “I have had the pleasure of being coached by some of the greatest jazz musicians of eras past and present. Whether it was tenor sax player Jimmy Heath, or Renee Rosnes, it has been an amazing experience for me, even as a senior to be afforded these experiences.” He continued, “Not only do I learn things as a jazz sax player, I have taken many of these ideas and transferred them to my studies as a classical violinist with the Music Department in addition to my studies to be a music educator!”
“Jazz on Stage” with Matt Wilson” will be held on Feb. 12. Pre-performance discussions will begin at 2:15 p.m. with the concert beginning shortly thereafter. Tickets are $40 including a $3 facility fee. Tickets are available at the Tilles Center box office and at ticketmaster.com via the Tilles Center website.