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Bethlehem, Pa., November 1, 2006—The Moravian College Jazz Fusion and Jazz Combo I will perform Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. Jazz Fusion, directed by Gary Rissmiller, and Jazz Combo I, conducted by Tony Gairo, are ensembles limited to eight members or less, combining to explore jazz music in a small group setting.
Jazz Fusion will present four pieces, including two arrangements of video game scores by alto saxophonist Jen Grier ’07, Newton, N.J. They will also present, “A Piece,” by guitarist Andrei Maurer ’09, Catasauqua, Pa., and “Birdland (Weather Report)”. Ensemble players are, Grier; Maurer; baritone saxophonist Mike DePaola ’08 Howell, N.J.; trumpeters Chris Lucca ’09, Levittown, Pa.; and Tom Loprieno’09, Mahopac, N.Y.; drummer Pete Coats ’10, Pennington, N.J.; and bassist Nick Krolak ‘07, Flemington, N.J.
The eight-member Jazz Combo I will perform 7 pieces, including “A Foggy Day” by George Gershwin, “Black Nile” by Wayne Shorter, and “Softly as the Morning Sunrise” from The New Moon by Oscar Hammerstein and Sigmund Romberg. In addition to Krolak, the performers are vocalist Chelsea Dehner ’08, Hatboro, Pa.; flutist Marissa Iezzi ’07, Wallingford, Ct.; tenor saxophonist Greg Lissauer ’07, Katonah, N.Y.; alto saxophonist Kyle Hummel ’08, Bath, Pa.; trumpeter Sean Mason ’08, Milford, Pa.; guitarist Paul Orlando ’09, Stroudsburg, Pa.; and drummer Jason DiPalma.
Rissmiller is adjunct drum teacher at Moravian College, Lehigh University and Muhlenberg College. He also is resident drum teacher at Moravian’s nationally-renowned July Jazz Getaway, where he has performed with guest artists Clark Terry, David “Fathead” Newman and Bobby Watson among others. During his musical career he has accompanied jazz greats in concert halls, popular clubs and festival stages, and serves as artist-in-residence at Musikfest. Rissmiller performs with his own jazz combos, the Skip Wilkins/Jill Allen Quartet, the Nick Driscoll Quartet, and the Alan Gaumer Quintet.
Gairo is artist/lecturer on the jazz faculty at Moravian College since 1996, and Muhlenberg College since 2004. He maintains an active schedule as director, composer, performer, and educator of jazz, saxophone, flute, clarinet, jazz composition, arranging, theory and analysis. He was voted the 2004 Jazz Musician of the Year — Lehigh Valley (PA) by Pulseweekly Magazine, and is the leader of the Tony Gairo-Gary Rissmiller Jazz Orchestra, The Hoppin’ John Orchestra, and the Newdelphia Sax Quartet.
General admission — $5. Foy Concert Hall is located in the Hurd Center for Music and Art, at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Historic Bethlehem.
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.