Trombonist and composer Jim Pugh, who has performed on Grammy-Award winning albums with Steely Dan and the Woody Herman Band, will headline a Purchase College Faculty Recital Concert April 27 at 7:30 PM in the Recital Hall of the Music Building. The concert, entitled “Trombone á Trois,” is free and open to the public. For more information, call 914-251-6700.
Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY.
Pugh and guest artists will explore 20th century repertoire for trombone plus two instruments, including Wuorinen’s Trombone Trio, Rush’s Rebellion, Lamb’s Prism, Persichetti’s Serenade No. 6 and Small’s Trio.
Jim Pugh is a professor of trombone in the School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. He joined the Woody Herman Band as lead trombone and featured soloist after receiving his performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music. During his four years with the band, he made many recordings, including two Grammy Award-winning albums, Giant Steps and Thundering Herd. He then recorded and toured with Chick Corea for two years, appearing on Musicmagic, Secret Agent, and Return to Forever - Live.
Pugh is in constant demand as a recording artist for films, records and jingles, having performed on more than 4,000 recording sessions to date. He is the only recipient of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Virtuoso Award for trombone, given after he was voted Trombone MVP by the New York recording community for five years. He has recorded as a soloist with many artists, including Andre Previn, James Taylor, George Michael, Kathleen Battle, Eileen Ivers, Joe Lovano, Harry Connick Jr., the Canadian Brass and the Cincinnati Pops.
Currently principal trombonist of the EOS, Concordia and New York FILMHarmonic orchestras, he premiered his Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra in May 1992 with Robin Fountain and the Williamsport Symphony. This concerto was premiered in New York by Joseph Alessi with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.