Two-Time Grammy-Winner Randy Brecker Special Guest at CSM’s 4th Annual Jazz Festival

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Trumpeter to Conduct Clinic, Perform with CSM’s Solid Brass

High school jazz bands will get a chance to show off their chops when they kick off the College of Southern Maryland's Fourth Annual Jazz Festival at 10 a.m., May 4, at the La Plata Campus Fine Arts Center. That evening will feature the Berklee College of Music Jazz Combo, featuring special guest Randy Runyon Jr. The festival will continue May 5 with jazz artist Randy Brecker, a Grammy Award-winning trumpeter with the Brecker Brothers, conducting a free improvisation clinic in the afternoon and a concert that evening by Solid Brass, with Brecker on trumpet, and composer Alan Baylock as special guest conductor.

“This year we've got a triple-header Saturday night with Grammy Winner Randy Brecker, Composer/Arranger Alan Baylock and Guitarist Randy Runyon Jr. joining our big band in concert. This will be a great night of jazz with something for everyone,””said Randy Runyon, CSM music instructor and director of Solid Brass. “If you love jazz, this is a must-see event,” he added.

Brecker has been shaping the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than three decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Chaka Khan, George Benson and Parliament-Funkadelics to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, David Sanborn, Horace Silver, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa.

The Friday, May 4 performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Room FA-143, with tickets $5 general admission. The May 5 concert will begin at 8 p.m., in the Fine Arts Center Theater with tickets $10 general admission.

For information on the jazz festival, visit www.csmd.edu/FineArts/music/. For tickets or reservations call the CSM Box Office, 301-934-7828 or 301-870-2309, Ext. 7828 for Charles County; 240-725-5499, Ext. 7828 for St. Mary's County; 443-550-6199, Ext. 7828 for Calvert County, or e-mail BxOffc@csmd.edu. For information on CSM's fine arts productions, concerts and exhibits, visit www.csmd.edu/FineArts/.

Calendar Listings

CSM hosts Public School Jazz Clinic. 10 a.m., May 4. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, Md. As part of the fourth annual Jazz Festival, CSM's Fine Arts Center will host an all-day clinic for Charles County Public School Jazz Bands. Composer/Arranger Alan Baylock will offer critique and rehearsal techniques after each band's performance. Free and open to the public. 301-934-7828 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7828 for Charles County; 240-725-5499, Ext. 7828 for St. Mary's County or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7828 for Calvert County or www.csmd.edu/finearts.

Kick off to CSM's Annual Jazz Festival. 8 p.m., May 4.College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, Room FA143, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, Md. CSM will kick off the fourth annual Jazz Festival with a jazz combo performance featuring a variety of jazz as well as guitarist Randy Runyon Jr. $5. 301-934-7828 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7828 for Charles County; 240-725-5499, Ext. 7828 for St. Mary's County or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7828 for Calvert County or www.csmd.edu/finearts.

Improv Seminar with Grammy Award Winning artist Randy Brecker. 2 p.m., May 5. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, Md. A free jazz Improv Seminar will be held at the CSM Fine Arts Center led by Grammy Award winner, Randy Brecker. Randy Brecker has been shaping the sound of Jazz, R&B, and Rock for more than three decades. Free. 301-934-7828 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7828 for Charles County; 240-725-5499, Ext. 7828 for St. Mary's County or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7828 for Calvert County or www.csmd.edu/finearts.

CSM Jazz Festival Concert with Grammy Award-winning Trumpeter Randy Brecker. 8 p.m., May 5. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, Md. CSM hosts the fourth annual Jazz Festival concert featuring Grammy Award-winning Trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker, with guest Director Alan Baylock on stage with CSM's Big Band Jazz Ensemble Solid Brass. $10. 301-934-7828 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7828 for Charles County; 240-725-5499, Ext. 7828 for St. Mary's County or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7828 for Calvert County or www.csmd.edu/finearts.

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