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Fall Jazz Concert and Piano/Percussion Workshops Nov. 21

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Plattsburgh State University of New York will host its annual Fall Jazz Concert on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall.

Under the musical direction of Rick Davies, assistant professor of music, the Plattsburgh State Jazz Ensemble and the Contemporary Combo will present a program of jazz and Latin jazz. Guest artists Tom Cleary, pianist, and Jeff Salisbury, percussionist, will be featured performers with the two student ensembles and with the Plattsburgh State Faculty Jazz Quintet, which also features trombonist Davies and trumpeter Herm Matlock, adjunct lecturer of music.

Additionally, Cleary and Salisbury will each be presenting a workshop/clinic earlier in the day.  At 12:30 p.m., Cleary will be presenting a jazz/Latin piano workshop/clinic in the Hyman and Frances Krinovitz Recital Hall in Hawkins Hall, and Salisbury will present a jazz/Latin percussion clinic in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall.
The workshops/clinics and evening concert are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rick Davies at 518-564-2471 or the Music Department at 518-564-2180.

Tom Cleary has studied jazz piano with Charles Eller, jazz improvisation with Yusef Lateef at Hampshire College and Archie Shepp at the University of Massachusetts, and classical piano with Elizabeth Metcalfe and Sylvia Parker at the University of Vermont (where he took first place in the 1996 Concerto Competition).

As a performer, he has been a finalist in competitive auditions for the 1998 Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassadors program (in a duo with saxophonist Nathan Childers).

Locally he has performed and recorded with guitarist George Petit (on Patachou), bassist Ellen Powell (on the Discover Jazz 1998 compilation CD), singer Jenni Johnson (on her CD Takes One and Two), and with Rick Davies and Jazzismo.

As an educator, he has taught music at schools in Massachusetts and Vermont at levels ranging from elementary to college. He was piano instructor and jazz program coordinator at Appel Farm Music and Arts Center in Elmer, N.J., for three summers. Most recently, he was an instructor for "Summertime Jazz," a program of the Flynn Theatre summer education series.

Jeff Salisbury teaches drums at Johnson State College and the University of Vermont and is president of the Vermont chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. He serves as an artistic advisor for the Discover Jazz Festival. Salisbury played for the Albert King Blues Band and Cold Blood in the late 1960s. He has performed with Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley and many other artists in R & B and jazz.

He currently performs with James Harvey, Pure Pressure, the Sklar/Grippo sextet, and with Rick Davies and Jazzismo. He has studied with George Marsh, Bob Moses and Pete Magadini and is a drum workshop drumset artist. Salisbury has appeared in Modern Drummer and Downbeat magazines.

His articles have been published in Percussive Notes, Percussion News , and Drum Instructors Only .


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