Duggan Joins Powell in "Two for the Road" Jazz Concert
PLATTSBURGH, NY, (March 24, 2008) - On Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m., the SUNY Plattsburgh department of music presents a faculty recital featuring Ellen Powell on electric bass with guest artist Lar Duggan on piano. The concert will take place in Krinovitz Recital Hall in Hawkins Hall, located at the corner of Broad and Cornelia streets. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please call 518-564-2243.
In "Two For The Road," the duo will perform a selection of jazz standards from the 1940s and earlier, written by luminaries such as Miles Davis and Antonio Carlos Jobim. They will also feature some of their original compositions. Powell has been performing with Duggan in and around northern Vermont for the past 25 years.
Powell is an active performer, composer and music educator. She currently teaches bass at SUNY Plattsburgh and has been teaching piano and bass at her home studio in Burlington, Vt. since the mid-1980s. Powell has studied with master jazz bassist Cecil McBee and the legendary pianist and composer, Billy Taylor, among others. Powell has been featured on Vermont Public Radio and Vermont Public Television and has received favorable media reviews of her compositions for solo bass and small jazz ensembles. Performance highlights include participating in various jazz festivals throughout New England. Locally, she can be heard most Thursday evenings at Leunig's Bistro in Burlington.
Guest artist Duggan has been playing piano professionally for 50 years, appearing as a soloist, vocal accompanist and in bands. Largely self taught, he was greatly influenced by recordings of notable jazz pianists - many of whom he heard, live, when he was growing up outside of New York City. He has accompanied a few notable jazz musicians on stage, including Bobby McFerrin, Sam Rivers and George Voland. An active composer and recipient of two grants for composition from the Vermont Council on the Arts, Duggan embraces a variety of musical styles from jazz to classical. He is currently composing music for English Country Dance. Duggan lives and works in Burlington.