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2005.06.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

Jazz Workshop, Farmer Festival to Culminate in June 17 Concert at UNO Featuring the Greg Hopkins Quintet

Omaha - Council Bluffs, Iowa, native Art Farmer has been called one of the all-time great jazz trumpet players. 

An annual jazz festival honoring the memory of Farmer and his brother, bassist Addison Farmer, will join forces with the Omaha Jazz Workshop for a weeklong series of events June 13-17 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The week will culminate Friday, June 17, with a concert featuring the Greg Hopkins Quintet at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus.  Tickets are $10 per person.

“This is the first time the Art and Addison Farmer Memorial Jazz Festival is being held in conjunction with the Omaha Jazz Workshop, a weeklong camp for students in grades seven through 12,” said Peter Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies and assistant professor of trombone at UNO.  “The combined workshop and festival is a wonderful opportunity for young musicians to rub shoulders with some of the finest musicians in the country.”

The Omaha Jazz Workshop, sponsored by the UNO Department of Music and the Nebraska Arts Council, is in its second year.  It was founded by Madsen and UNO saxophone instructor Darren Pettit to provide a hands-on learning opportunity for junior high and high school music students from the  metropolitan area.

Workshop participants will attend instrument masterclasses and improvisation classes, and will perform in jazz ensembles.  The student ensemble performances will open the June 17 concert.

Faculty for the workshop will include UNO Department of Music faculty, along with professional musicians and teachers from Omaha and Lincoln.  In addition, members of the Greg Hopkins Quintet will work with students all day on the camp’s concluding day.

Performer, composer and arranger Greg Hopkins first picked up a trumpet as a boy in Detroit.  He even plays when caught in traffic on his commute to the Berklee College of Music, where he serves as a professor of jazz composition. 

Hopkins began his professional career in 1965, freelancing in the Detroit area for such acts as the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight until 1969, when he graduated from Michigan State.  The jazz trumpeter has performed with a host of jazz and music greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder.  Today, his teaching and performing schedule takes him all over the world.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the June 17 concert, call (402) 554-3427.

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