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Jazz at the Duck Summer Series Kicks Off Friday Afternoon

June 14, 2006

walden flowers.jpgJune 14, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - School may be out of session, but members of the DePauw and Putnam County community can still enjoy swinging sounds this summer. DePauw Jazz at the Duck's special summer series begins this Friday, June 16, and continues each Friday through August 4. The performances, which begin at 5:30 p.m. and end two hours later, are free and open to the public and will take place in the patio area outside Walden Inn's Fluttering Duck, weather permitting.

The inaugural performer, this Friday, will be saxophonist Randy Salman, director of jazz studies in the DePauw University School of Music, along with his quartet. A current member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Salman has performed professionally with such noted jazz performers as Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, and Louis Bellson. The evening concert features classic standards from the likes of Cole Porter and Kenny Dorham along with an exploration of the scintillating sounds of Brazilian bossa nova.

Chicago-based keyboardist and composer Greg Spero brings the latest incarnation of his electric trio to the Duck on June 23. Fusing high-energy jazz with funk, electronica and world music, Spero has performed with such notable musicians as saxophonist Frank Catalano as well as Harrison Bankhead and Leon Joyce of the Ramsey Lewis Trio. Joining him on this date will be acclaimed drummer Robert Gay and DePauw Jazz at the Duck director and bassist Paul Musser.

The John Spicknall Trio close out the month’s offerings on June 30. A much sought-after clinician and jazz pianist, Spicknall is currently a DePauw professor, whose performance credits include appearances with Art Pepper, Bobby Shew, Gary Burton, and Louis Bellson. Drummer John DiCenso, a wizard of the brushes, and bassist Paul Musser provide the accompaniment.

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