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2009.11.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Nationally Known Jazz Musicians

Omaha - The Department of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will sponsor an artist-in-residence program featuring Jimmy Haslip and Peter Graves Nov. 16 through 19. The residency will include master classes, clinics and concerts.

The most accessible concert for the campus community and members of the public from the Omaha metropolitan area will take place Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Haslip and Graves will give a Big Band concert featuring the music of Jaco Pastorius. Tickets, available only at the door, will be $5 for the public, $4 students and seniors and free to members of the campus community with a Mav Card.

Graves is a bass trombonist; Haslip plays electric bass. Complete bios on both and information on the music of Jaco Pastorius follow below.

Prior to the concert, Haslip and Graves will hold clinics and master classes on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 16 and 17, with a variety of area students, including the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO), an auditioned group made up of Omaha’s finest high school musicians. MAYJO is directed by Darren Pettit, an instructor of saxophone at UNO.

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Haslip and Graves will give a free 3 p.m. concert in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Later the same day, the pair will perform a second concert at Brewsky’s in Lincoln’s Haymarket, 201 N. 8th St. Tickets will be $6 for the public and $5 for students with ID. Haslip and Graves will finish their performances in Nebraska in Lincoln on Thursday, Nov. 19, with a clinic and concert associated with a Nebraska Music Educators Association Conference on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

“These are two very big names in jazz visiting our state,” said Peter Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies at UNO. “The impact a master class or clinic has on a young musician is tremendous. It’s exciting to host them and to see and hear them play.”

For more information, call Madsen at (402) 554-2297.

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Jaco Pastorius (1951-1987)

Jaco Pastorius’ ascendance in the 1970s was a singular phenomenon in the evolution of jazz, with an impact that continues to transcend genres and resonate among musicians he played with. Beginning with his solo debut, Jaco Pastorius, and through his work with Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, Weather Report, and subsequently his own Word of Mouth Bands, Pastorius single-handedly shattered the boundaries of the electric bass and redefined its potential across all idioms of music. After spending his early years with the Peter Graves Orchestra, he made his debut solo recording in 1976. He then joined the famed and influential jazz/fusion group Weather Report before leaving in 1982 to form his own band.

Peter Graves

Peter Graves is a bass trombonist, producer and band leader hailing from Florida. Recognizing the innovative talent of a young Jaco Pastorius, Graves hired Pastorius to play in the Peter Graves Orchestra from 1970 through 1975. Pastorius’ tenure with Graves served as his first steps toward redefining everything that the bass was and exploring everything that it could be.

Graves has dedicated an enormous amount of time and energy to honoring Pastorius’ legacy. He is the producer and conductor of the 2003 CD release Word of Mouth Revisted, as well as its follow-up CD The Word Is Out!

Jimmy Haslip

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Jimmy Haslip is one of the most in-demand electric bassists in the world. Influenced by Jimmi Hendrix, Shostakovich, the Beatles, Penderecki, James Brown, Mozart, Berg, and Ellington, Haslip briefly studied with Jaco Pastorius in the mid-1970s when he had just joined Weather Report. Haslip has been the bassist with the award-winning Yellowjackets for over 25 years and has performed/recorded with Pat Metheny, Randy Brecker, Kevin Mahagony, Bela Fleck, the Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Branford Marsalis, Diane Reeves, Bill Evans, and many more.

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