The IUP Department of Music presents the nineteenth annual IUP Jazz Festival on Sunday, April 7, in Fisher Auditorium in the Performing Arts Center. The festival features the IUP Jazz Ensembles along with special guests, and the world renowned, Grammy winning big band from Texas, the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band.
The IUP Jazz Band, led by James Flowers, professor of saxophone, and the IUP Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kevin Eisensmith, professor of trumpet, will perform at 4:00 p.m. Each band is made up of 18 musicians from various fields of study within the university.
Throughout the years many well-known guest artists have performed at the IUP Jazz Festival, including: trumpeters Vince DiMartino, Marvin Stamm, Rex Richardson, and George Rabbai; drummers Steve Houghton, Ed Soph, and Steve Fidyk; trombonists John Fedchock, Jim McFalls, Wycliffe Gordon, Harry Watters, and David Gibson; and saxophonists Chris Vadala, Joe Eckert, and Pete BarenBregge.
At 7:00 p.m. that evening the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, led by Alan Baylock, will perform. The One O’Clock Lab Band has, for 71 years, been the premier ensemble of the Jazz Studies Division at the University of North Texas College of Music. The band has performed and toured in Australia, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, and The Netherlands. Since the 1970’s the band’s albums have received seven Grammy nominations.
The One O’Clock is the highest of nine jazz bands at the college, each named for its hour of rehearsal and each a standard 19-piece big band instrumentation: five saxophones, five trombones, five trumpets, piano, guitar, bass, and drums. The band is led by Alan Baylock. Baylock, a native of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, served as the chief arranger for the Airmen of Note jazz ensemble in Washington, DC for 20 years before moving in 2016 to his current position as the director of the One O’Clock Lab Band.
Baylock’s music has been performed and/or recorded by jazz greats Maynard Ferguson, Freddie Hubbard, Michael Brecker, Phil Woods, David Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, Bobby Shew, Kenny Werner, Paquito D’Rivera, Nnenna Freelon, Tierney Sutton, and many more.
His eclectic talents have also led him to writing music for Roy Clark, Clint Black, Wynonna, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Spyro Gyra, Ronan Tynan, and symphony orchestras across the country and abroad. An inspiring educator, Alan continues to write music for high school and collegiate level jazz ensembles, much of which is published by Alfred Music.
Cost of tickets for each concert is: $10 regular admission, $8 for senior citizens and students, and $6 with an I-Card.
For more information about this concert, visit the Department of Music events page or call the IUP Department of Music at 724-357-2390.