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Prof. Randy Salman's Condition Blue Opens New Season of 'Jazz at the Duck' Thursday

August 22, 2005

Randy Salman.jpgAugust 22, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - The new academic year's series of DePauw "Jazz at the Duck" begins this Thursday night will feature Randy Salman, director of jazz studies in the DePauw University School of Music, and his group Condition Blue. The performance will take place from 9 p.m. to midnight in Walden Inn's Fluttering Duck. The event is free and open to all.

"Everyone is very excited about the return of DePauw Jazz at the Duck for its second season," says Paul Musser, series director and bassist for Thursday's performance. "We've managed to get some great acts for this season and Condition Blue should start things off with a bang."

Currently a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Salman, a saxophonist, has performed professionally with such noted jazz performers as Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, and Louis Bellson. His quintet, Condition Blue, specializes in the classic Blue Note recordings of the 1950s and 1960s from artists like Joe Henderson, Hank Mobley, and Kenny Dorham. This performance will feature trumpeter Jeff Helgesen, pianist Michael Stryker, drummer Jeff Magby and bassist Paul Musser.

With support from DePauw, DePauw Jazz at the Duck will continue to take place every Thursday night from 9pm to midnight at the Fluttering Duck. On September 1, trumpeter and alum of the Ray Charles band, Jeff Helgesen, brings his Jazz Mayhem septet to the Duck for an evening of spectacularly original arrangements with open post-bop improvisation. Other series highlights include visits by Grammy Award-winner and saxophonist Chip McNeill on November 17, W.C. Handy Award nominee and local blues legend Tad Robinson on December 1, as well as a performance by the DePauw Jazz Ensemble November 3.

"This is certainly a wonderful opportunity to check out some high quality live jazz," says Musser. "Please make an effort to come out and support live music."

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