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Sept. 26, 2001
 
CONTACTS: Rick Balestra, 312-2130
Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581
 
SUNY OSWEGO TO HOST JAZZ GUITAR FESTIVAL
OSWEGO -- Organizers of the first-ever Jazz Guitar Festival at SUNY Oswego on Saturday, Nov. 3, hope that a mix of workshops and performances will strike the right chord with attendees.
Internationally renowned guitarist John Abercrombie will headline the day of activities with an 8 p.m. performance in the Hewitt Union ballroom. He is also one of several masters leading daytime sessions.
The Jazz Guitar Festival will start with a 10 a.m. performance by innovative performer and arranger Gene Bertoncini. Bertoncini recently released the Ambient Records CD "Body and Soul," which features his fresh solo guitar adaptations of classic jazz and popular songs. The performer has worked with such luminaries as Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich and Wayne Shorter.
Attendees can select one of three workshops at 11:30 a.m. Bertoncini will lead "Approaching Solo Jazz Guitar," Steve Brown will host "Performing in a Guitar-Bass Duo Setting" and promoter David Rezak will present "Survival Skills for the Emerging Artist."
A concert by Steve Brown and Miles Brown will begin at 1:30 p.m. Guitarist Steve Brown directs the jazz studies program at Ithaca College and has released three recordings. including the recent "Night Waves." on his own label, Brown Cats Productions.
His son, bassist Miles Brown, is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music who is gaining acclaim in jazz circles.
Workshops at 4 p.m. will include "Recording in the New Millennium" by performer and producer Mark Doyle and Rezak's "Survival Skills for the Emerging Artist."
Original jazz/blues/fusion combo Spaces, led by SUNY Oswego adjunct guitar instructor Rick Balestra, will perform at 5 p.m. The group includes musicians Chris Colabello on bass and drummer Evan DuChene, joined here by pianist Rick Montalbano.
Following a 7 p.m. reception, the John Abercrombie Trio will perform a spotlight show. Abercrombie is known for combining evolving technologies with respectful takes on jazz standards, most recently evidenced on his album "Open Land."
Cost for the workshops and the evening concert is $45 for the general public, $25 for SUNY Oswego students. To attend the daytime sessions only costs $35 general, $20 for SUNY Oswego students. Tickets for the 8 p.m. Artswego Performing Arts Series show by the John Abercrombie Trio are $12 general, $6 for SUNY Oswego students.
The event was the brainchild of Balestra, who approached Mary Avrakotos, the director of Artswego, with the basic idea for the event last year. "If it wasn't for her and Artswego, this wouldn't have happened," Balestra said. "It's going to be a mixed bag of very cool things. I'm very excited."
Space is limited, and the deadline to register is Oct. 26. To receive a flyer about the festival and to register, call the SUNY Oswego Center for Business and Community Programs at 312-4139.
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