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SUNY Plattsburgh Music Department Presents Winter Jazz Concert

The SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Music will present a winter jazz concert Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program will feature two of the college’s performing ensembles, the Jazz Ensemble and the Mambo Combo, directed by Dr. Rick Davies. Tenor saxophonist Wayne Davison will also take the stage as guest performer.

Davison has been active as a performer for the last 29 years and has played saxophone and trumpet with such artists as Rob McConnell, the McGuire Sisters, the Temptations, the Box Tops, the Four Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and musician Rich Little. He was a founding member of the Central New York Jazz Orchestra and can currently be heard performing with ADK Jazz, Wally Siebel’s All-Star Big Band, and the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra.

During his 16 years as a music teacher, Davison has conducted numerous all-county jazz ensembles across the state.

Davison received his Bachelor of Music degree in education from SUNY Fredonia in 1990 and a Master of Science in remedial reading from SUNY Cortland in 1995.

While a student at Fredonia, Davison was the director of the all-student-run Fredonia Jazz Ensemble. He led the band to an Outstanding Big Band Award at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival and a Gold Award at the Canadian National Music Festival. During the group’s annual tour of New York schools, Davison had the opportunity to work with more than 22 high school and college jazz ensembles as a clinician and guest conductor.

Davison lives in Tupper Lake with Laura, his wife of 20 years, and their two children.

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