Famous trombonists to perform at Fall Jazz Concert

Lone Star College Kingwood News

Published on: October 11, 2011 Renowned jazz musicians are scheduled to take the stage during the Kingwood Big Bands Fall Jazz Concert at Lone Star College-Kingwood.
Trombonists Bill Watrous and Aric Schneller will perform on Oct. 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the colleges Performing Arts Theatre.
The audience will experience trombone virtuosity at its finest from both of our exceptional guests. Bill Watrous and Aric Schneller are known for their improvisational creativity through their instrument. Schneller is also an accomplished jazz singer in the scat tradition, said Fred Velez, director of bands at LSC-Kingwood and director of the Kingwood Big Band.
According to Watrous bio, he is one of the preeminent trombonists working in the field of jazz today. He has performed with jazz legends including Woody Herman, Roy Eldridge and Count Basie. Throughout his career, he has also been a guest soloist on many albums by other prominent jazz musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Arturo Sandoval. Watrous has been voted “Number One Jazz Trombonist” seven years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and has won the magazine’s critics’ award twice.
Schnellers bio introduces him as an artist of many talents with the ability to sing, play, compose, and teach music at the highest levels. He has sung professionally with the Ohio Light Opera, the Boston Lyric Opera, and the dellArte Opera Ensemble of New York City. Schneller has worked/performed with such jazz greats including John Allred, Randy Brecker, Pete Christlieb, John Fedchock, Chuck Findley, Andy Firth, Ingrid Jensen, Rich Matteson, Diane Reeves, Lynn Seaton, Ed Soph, and Allen Vizzutti.
Watrous and Schneller will also conduct a free Jazz Clinic for north Houston-area high school and college students.  The clinic is on Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m. in LSC-Kingwoods new Recital Hall.
We are very excited to have both Watrous and Schneller perform at our Fall Jazz Concert, …

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