OUS to host jazz event tonight

Published 10:33 am Friday, April 11, 2014

The Ohio University Southern Office of Student Services and Council on Diversity and Inclusion will present a Jazz Alive event at 7 p.m. tonight at the Bowman Auditorium.

The concert will feature Tim Warfield with The Dan Karlsberg Trio.

Tim Warfield Jr., a native of York, Pa., began studying the alto saxophone at age 9. He switched to tenor saxophone during his first year at William Penn High School where he participated in various musical ensembles winning many jazz soloist awards, including second out of 40 competitors at the Montreal Festival of Music in Canada. After high school, Warfield attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., for two years before leaving to lead and co-lead groups in the central Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C., areas.

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Warfield currently serves as a board member and music committee chairperson for central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz. He also serves as “artist-in-residence” at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., adjunct faculty at Temple University music department, in Philadelphia, Pa., and a member of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia.

The Dan Karlsberg Trio is Karlsberg on piano, Greg Artry on drums and Steve Whipple on bass.

Born in Cincinnati, Karlsberg has been studying and playing piano since the age of 5, with an emphasis on both classical music and jazz. He earned both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in jazz studies from the university of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

He was nominated for a Cincinnati entertainment award in 2007 (jazz and new artist of the year), and again in 2008 and 2009. Karlsberg teaches annually at the Blue Lake Fine Arts camp in Michigan, and has been a guest instructor at the University of Dayton.

A native of Tokyo, Japan, Whipple moved to Michigan in 1999 to attend Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied music composition. In 2005, he graduated summa cum laude as salutatorian, with distinguished honors from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree in jazz and studio music. He quickly became one of the first call bassists in the area, performing extensively with many of the local greats.

Born into a musical family, Artry was exposed to the drum set at an early age. Throughout his childhood and teen years, he continued to study and play the drums alongside other instruments, such as piano, cello and voice. He attended the University of Louisville upon receiving a scholarship to study jazz drum set.

Celebrating jazz appreciation month the Jazz Alive concert includes discussion on the history of jazz and performances by national jazz musicians.  Jazz Alive is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the uniquely American music art form of jazz and its practitioners.  Jazz Alive was founded by three jazz musicians who were graduates of the university of Cincinnati College of Conservatory Music, namely Gordon Birsker, Joseph Gaudio and Donald Carr. The mission of Jazz Alive is to bring greater appreciation and understanding of jazz from bebop era to present day.

Contact Robert Pleasant at 740-533-4600 or pleasanr@ohio.edu or michelle dotts 740-547-3874 or md175310@ohio.edu.