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Moravian College Jazz Ensemble Concert to Honor Jazz Great Herbie Hancock

BETHLEHEM, Pa. October 26, 2004 -- Dave Roth, the director of Moravian College’s Jazz Fusion ensemble, and Tony Gairo, the director of Moravian’s Jazz Combo group, will present a tribute to pioneer jazz musician Herbie Hancock on Sunday, November 7, at 4:00 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall.

Hancock is considered one of the finest pianists in the history of jazz. A child prodigy on piano, he played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age eleven. By age twenty, the jazz world discovered him. While he played with such musicians as David Byrd and Miles Davis, he also launched a successful solo career that yielded such hits as the song, “Watermelon Man.”

Hancock went on to become one of the first “crossover” jazz musicians. He dabbled not only in traditional jazz, but also in rock, fusion, pop, hip-hop, funk, and African and Indian music. He continues to combine styles and tastes in innovative and provocative ways as he makes music that draws both harsh criticism and enthusiastic acclaim.

Dave Roth, director of the Jazz Fusion ensemble, joined the Moravian College music faculty four years ago as artist-lecturer in jazz piano. He is adjunct professor of jazz pedagogy, jazz theory, and jazz literature. A musician dedicated to jazz education, Roth created and currently serves as National Chair for the Strategic Educational Alliance between the Music Teacher's National Association and the International Association of Jazz Educators. Roth also served as music director for the Denver television talk show “Off the Record” and as director for the Colorado concert series, Peak View Jazz.

Tony Gairo, director of the Jazz Combo ensemble, joined the Moravian College music faculty in 1996 as adjunct professor of jazz saxophone and jazz flute. He graduated from Temple University and has studied and performed with many contemporary jazz greats, including Mike Brecker, Joe Henderson and Bobby Watson. He is currently a member of The Franklin Alison Orchestra, The Hoppin' John Orchestra, and The New Delphia Sax and Woodwind Ensemble. In 1997, he recorded his first CD, “Leading Off.”

Foy Concert Hall is located on Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Church and Main Streets, Bethlehem. All tickets are $6. For more information, please contact the Moravian College music department at 610-861-1650 or email music@moravian.edu.