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Trio Led by Frank Portolese '75 Performs Monday

Trio Led by Frank Portolese '75 Performs Monday

October 9, 2008

frank portolese.jpgOctober 9, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - The Chicago-based Frank Portolese Trio will perform at the DePauw University School of Music on Monday, October 13. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. concert in Thompson Recital Hall of the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts and is presented without admission charge.

Composed of 1975 DePauw graduate Frank Portolese on guitar, bassist Brian Sandstrom, and Rusty Jones on drums, the trio is originally from Mishawaka, Indiana. Portolese has been playing the guitar professionally for 30 years, having performed with artists such as Ira Sullivan, Bobby Shew, Jamey Aebersold, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Clay Aiken. Portolese is on the faculty of Elmhurst College, maintains a private studio, and divides his work between mainstream jazz, a free jazz ensemble, and solo plectrum jazz guitar. He has recorded two compact discs on the Southport label and is the author of the widely-used theory textbook, Fundamentals for Jazz Musicians.

In reviewing Portolese's CD, Last Call, the Chicago Tribune's Howard Reich wrote, "He pushes from one musical climax to the next... a remarkable range of ideas."

The concert will feature works by a wide variety of composers including George and Ira Gershwin, John Coltrane, and Charles Parker. The program will also include two pieces by Portolese: The More You Talk (The Less I Listen) and Hail Fredonia!.

Frank Portolese will also teach two master classes during his visit. The first, on October 14 at 10 a.m. in room 170 of the Green Center, will focus on improvisation; the second class at 1 p.m. will feature guitar.

Visit the DePauw University School of Music online and learn more in this previous story.