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Purchase Jazz Orchestra in Concert with Special Guests David Hazeltine and Eric Alexander Nov. 29

Date Released: 10/25/2007

The Purchase Jazz Orchestra is joined by renowned pianist David Hazeltine and the acclaimed tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander for a concert entitled Front and Center: Faculty Showcase, November 29 at 7:30 PM at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. The PJO is under the direction of Grammy winner Todd Coolman. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 914-251-6200 or visiting www.artscenter.org.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

The Purchase Jazz Orchestra is a 17-piece big band that performs jazz from every era. From staples by Ellington and Basie, to more modern works by today’s leading composers and arrangers, the Purchase Jazz Orchestra swings and is always easy to listen to.

David Hazeltine joined the Jazz Studies faculty at Purchase College this fall. Constantly in demand as a sideman, his recent credits include work with Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, the Faddis-Hampton-Heath Sextet, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Louis Hayes Quintet, and Marlena Shaw for whom he serves as pianist, arranger and musical director. His own working trio includes drum legend Louis Hayes and bassist Peter Washington. His debut CD as a leader Four Flights Up (featuring Slide Hampton), released in 1996, garnered high praise from critics and musicians alike. He has since recorded over a dozen CDs, his latest being The Inspiration Suite on the Sharp Nine label, and Blues Quarters, Volume 2 for the Criss Cross label. 

Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, who was named Artist of the Year by JazzWeek!, has established his own voice within the illustrious bop-based jazz tradition. After placing second behind Joshua Redman in the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, he threw himself into the whirlwind life of a professional jazz musician. Currently, he is a member of the sextet One For All, with Jim Rotondi, trumpet; Steve Davis, trombone; Joe Farnsworth, drums; Peter Washington, bass; and Hazeltine, piano. He also leads his own quartet which includes the legendary pianist Harold Mabern, drummer Joe Farnsworth, and John Webber, Nat Reeves or Peter Washington on bass. His recent critically-acclaimed CDs on HighNote Records include Temple of Olympic Zeus, The Battle with Vincent Herring and Mike LeDonne, and It’s All in the Game with Harold Mabern. He has toured the world performing to capacity audiences, but uses New York City as his home base, with ongoing appearances at clubs throughout New York. This fall he joined the jazz faculty at Purchase College.

Todd Coolman, director of the Jazz Studies program at the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music, is one of the more in-demand bassists on the New York jazz scene today. He has performed and/or recorded with a virtual “who’s who” of jazz artists, including Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman and numerous others. Today, he is actively performing with an impressive array of artists, including James Moody, Ahmad Jamal, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess and the Jon Faddis Orchestra.