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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)—The Moravian College Music Institute will hold the 9th annual July Jazz Getaway week from Sunday, July 8, to Saturday, July 14. This year’s July Jazz Getaway feature artist is jazz great Wycliffe Gordon who will perform in concert with his trio and the Moravian College BIG Band on Thursday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Foy Concert Hall on Moravian College’s Church Street Campus in historic Bethlehem. Wycliffe Gordon will also conduct a master class on Thursday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m.
Wycliffe Gordon’s performance and master class are part of the July Jazz Getaway (JJG), a weeklong summer jazz vacation camp at Moravian College. The Getaway is designed for non-professional adult musicians. The program offers daily jazz, big band, ensemble, and jam session playing with a faculty of professional musicians.
Wycliffe Gordon is in the midst of an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator. His powerful and intricate trombone playing has been hailed by The New York Times as "masterful". Gordon is enjoying a thriving solo career, performing regularly with the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet and the Wynton Marsalis Septet. Gordon delighted the audience at Moravian College last spring while playing along with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
The July Jazz Getaway will also feature a special performance by vocalist, Toni Harris "Ms. Jazz" on Tuesday, July 10, at 7:30 in Peter Hall. Harris vocal style is reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and other singers she idolized as a child. Harris has performed at Jazz festivals and clubs throughout the United States and Europe.
The July Jazz Getaway week events that are open to the public include the following:
The Moravian College Faculty Jazz Concert will be held on Sunday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. The ensemble features Neil Wetzel on saxophone, Skip Wilkins on piano, Paul Rostock on bass, and Gary Rissmiller on drums. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for Senior Citizens, students, and children 12 and under.
An Evening with vocalist "Ms. Jazz" Toni Harris, will be held on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Peter Hall Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for Senior Citizens, students, and children 12 and under.
The Lehigh Valley Open Jam Session will be held on Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. All area musicians are invited to bring their instruments and join in the action on stage. The jam session is free and open to the public.
Master class with Wycliffe Gordon will be held on Thursday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. Wycliffe Gordon will review and critique July Jazz Getaway players techniques offering suggestions and tips. The workshop provides insight into the style and techniques that made Wycliffe Gordon a jazz great. All seats are $5.
Jazz great Wycliffe Gordon in concert with his trio and the Moravian College Big Band on Thursday, July 12 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for Senior Citizens, students, and children 12 and under.
The July Jazz Ensembles and BIG Band Concert will be held on Saturday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. The concert features the talents of the camp participants along with the Moravian College BIG Band. Admission is free.
Events are held in Moravian College’s Foy Concert Hall at Main and Church streets in historic downtown Bethlehem. Toni Harris performance will be held in Peter Hall. For more information on the July Jazz Getaway and concert schedule, contact the Moravian College Music Institute at (610) 861-1650.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.