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Ravi Coltrane will be featured guest artist at 15th Annual July Jazz Getaway

Accomplished contemporary saxophonist son of jazz legend John Coltrane

John ColtraneBethlehem, Pa., June 4, 2007—Moravian College Music Institute will hold the 15th Annual July Jazz Getaway week from Sunday, July 8 to Saturday, July 14 at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in historic Bethlehem, Pa. The fantasy camp provides a memorable experience for amateur jazz musicians who come to Moravian from across the region to learn from and to jam with some of the biggest names in jazz.

Jazz saxophonist Ravi Coltrane will be the guest artist at this year’s July Jazz Getaway. Ravi Coltrane Quartet & The Moravian College Big Band featuring Ravi Coltrane will perform in concert on Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. Coltrane is a tenor and soprano saxophonist, bandleader, and composer, who has fronted a variety of jazz lineups, recorded critically-hailed albums as leader, and produced recordings by other artists including his mother, the late Alice Coltrane.  His quartet is comprised of pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer E.J. Strickland.

Ravi is the son of the legendary jazz saxophonist and composer John William Coltrane, a hugely influential jazz musician who has been credited with reshaping modern jazz and with being the predominant influence on successive generations of saxophonists. Coltrane received a posthumous Special Citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2007 for his "masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz."

July Jazz Getaway (JJG) was conceived in 1993 as a simple idea: a place where adult amateur jazz musicians could get away from their daily routines to get together to play lots of jazz in a fantasy camp, vacation atmosphere, with no pressures and where the emphasis is on having fun. During the week, musicians explore a range of jazz genres: Swing, Bebop, Fusion, Traditional (Dixieland), Rock, Latin, and more. Every day their schedule encompasses playing in small groups, big bands, and even daily jam sessions. Led by Neil Wetzel, director of jazz studies at Moravian College, and other JJG faculty members, participants have a full week of playing and listening to jazz. Clinics and concerts with guest artists are also a part of the week's activities. Past artists have included Ellis Marsalis, Clark Terry, Terell Stafford, Bobby Watson, T.S. Monk, Wycliffe Gordon, Bobby Sanabria, and other jazz greats.

JJG participants have traveled from several states across the country and represent various occupations. Among them were: college professor, scientist, mail carrier and advertising executive. What brought them together was their love of jazz. As Jelly Roll Morton once said, “Good music never gets old.”

The July Jazz Getaway week events that are open to the public include the following:

    • The Moravian College Faculty Kick-Off Jazz Concert will be held on Sunday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $15; $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for 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.

    • Ravi Coltrane Quartet & The Moravian College Big Band featuring Ravi Coltrane will perform in concert on Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $25; $20 senior citizens: $10 students and children 12 and under.

    • A Master class with Ravi Coltrane will be held on Friday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. He will review and critique July Jazz Getaway players techniques and offer suggestions and tips. All seats are $5.

    • The July Jazz Getaway Ensembles Concert will be held on Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. The concert features the talents of camp participants along with the Moravian College Big Band. Admission is free.

WDIY is this year’s media sponsor for July Jazz Getaway. Events are held in the Moravian College Foy Concert Hall at Main and Church streets in historic downtown Bethlehem. For more information on the July Jazz Getaway and concert schedule, please contact the Moravian College Music Institute at (610) 861-1650 or jjg@moravian.ed. Visit the July Jazz Getaway on the web at http://www.julyjazzgetaway.org

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 http://www.moravian.edu/.