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2007 Jazz Guitar Clinic and Concert announced

May 24, 2007

Bellarmine University and Director of Jazz Studies Jeff Sherman have announced the 21st Annual Bellarmine Jazz Guitar Clinic and Concert will be held June 4 and 5. The clinic and concert will feature instruction and performances by Sherman and special guests Jack Wilkins and John Stowell.

The concert will take place Monday, June 4 in the Wyatt Center for the Arts on the Bellarmine campus at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are available in advance at Music-Go-Round on Hurstbourne Lane for $7. Tickets also will be available at the door for $10.

The clinic will be held June 4 and 5 in the Music Building on Bellarmine's campus. It will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days and feature instruction on fingerboard theory, be-bop, ensemble, ear training, and more. Tuition is $100 and includes a ticket to the concert. Enrollment is limited.

The director of jazz studies and teacher of jazz and classical guitar at Bellarmine University, Sherman released his debut recording, Some Other Time, in August 2000. It features Sherman on guitar, Ben Ingram on upright bass and Bruce Morrow on drums. Sherman has studied guitar with C.C. Connors and Jimmy Raney and has a long and varied performance career including a tour with Marvin Gaye and the Saints. He also has recorded and performed with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra and headliners such as Ella Fitzgerald, Liza Minnelli, Bob Hope, Boots Randolph, Jamey Aebersold, and Jimmy Raney. In the summer of 2000, Sherman toured Europe with the Jerry Tolson Quartet opening for acts including the Pat Metheny Trio.

Stowell is a unique jazz guitarist influenced as much by pianists and horn players as he is by guitarists. His original take on harmony, chords and improvisation sets him apart from other guitarists. He has been playing professionally since the 1970s, and he has played with greats such as Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Art Farmer, Conte Condoli, Herb Ellis, and many more. He has taught internationally for 30 years in every educational setting.

Wilkins has been a part of the New York jazz scene for more than four decades. His flawless technique and imaginative chordal approach have inspired collaborations with Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Bob Brookmeyer, Buddy Rich and many others. A consummate accompanist, Wilkins has played and recorded with renowned singers, Mel Torme, Ray Charles, Morgana King, Sarah Vaughan, and Tony Bennett. He was awarded an NEA grant in recognition of his work and contribution to the guitar. He has been widely and prominently profiled and featured in such publications as Guitar Player, Just Jazz Guitar, Downbeat, 20th Century Guitar and Leonard Feather's Jazz Encyclopedia.

For more information call Jeff Sherman at (502) 452-8182.

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