February 20, 2013
WEST HAVEN, CONN. --- Jazz aficionados are in for a lively evening of music when the Josh Bruneau Quintet performs at the University of New Haven’s Dodds Hall Theater, 300 Boston Post Road, on March 10.
The UNH Jazz Band will open the show at 6 p.m., with the quintet performing at 7 p.m.
Bruneau, a trumpet and flugelhorn player, is just returning from a series of solo gigs in Europe. A Hartt School of Music graduate, Bruneau studied with jazz master and alto saxophonist Jackie McLean. He has recorded with Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, Larry Willis and Kris Jensen, a saxophonist who performs regularly with the Allman Brothers Band.
In addition to Bruneau, the members of the quintet are Ken Fowser on tenor sax, Nat Reeves on bass, Rick Germanson on piano and Jason Brown on drums.
Reeves is on the faculty at the Hartt School and calls McLean one of his major influences. He has toured with Sonny Stinson and performed in jazz clubs around the world.
A New York-based tenor saxophonist, Fowser has weekly gigs at the Smoke and Smalls jazz clubs in Manhattan. He has played with Jimmy Cobb, David Hazeltine, Ray Drummond and Mickey Roker. Brown is based in New York, has recorded with Vitaly Golovnev and has been called an inventive and innovative drummer. Germanson, a jazz pianist from Milwaukee, has played with Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine, Regina Carter and Slide Hampton. Germanson is also a member of the Cannonball Legacy Band, headed by Cannonball Adderley's original drummer, Louis Hayes.
Guillermo Mager, UNH associate professor of music, said it is important for students to have exposure to professional jazz musicians, and he said the audience can expect some fine jazz.
Jason L. DeGroff, UNH director of bands, said members of the 25-piece UNH Jazz Band look forward to opening for the quintet. They will play a selection of standards including “Birdland.”
The concert is sponsored by the UNH College of Arts and Sciences and JazzHaven. Tickets are $10 general admission, and $5 for seniors and non-UNH students, with free admission for UNH students, faculty and staff.
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico and California. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.