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2011.09.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Jazz Ensembles, Trumpeter Provide Dizzy Gillespie Tribute Concert Oct. 5

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Jazz Ensembles, joined by world-renowned trumpeter Jon Faddis, will provide a special concert tribute to legendary bebop artist Dizzie Gillespie on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

The concert, which will also feature the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO), will be held at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO campus starting at 7 p.m.

The cost for the event is $10 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors. UNO students, faculty and staff will be admitted for free with their MavCard.

Faddis, who met Dizzy Gilespie when he was just 15 years old, became a professional trumpeter in 1971, at the age of 18. In the 40 years since, Faddis has gone on to become “the world’s greatest trumpeter” according to Time Out New York and the Wall Street Journal.

Faddis also remains true to the mentors who taught him, regularly leading classes and clinics worldwide and serving as a full-time faculty member at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College-SUNY.

While in Omaha, Faddis will bring both his musical and educational skills, working with MAYJO, which features the best high school musicians from Omaha-Metro area. He will also join the UNO Jazz Ensemble in a tour of five area high schools during his time in Nebraska, including Plattsmouth, Omaha South and Lincoln East.

"We are incredibly lucky to have a performer and educator of his caliber,” said Pete Madsen, Coordinator of Jazz Studies at UNO. “The experience, for both the students and the concert audience, should be outstanding."

This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Arts Council. For more information, please contact Pete Madsen at (402) 554.2297 or at petermadsen@unomaha.edu.

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