Denison Guitarist Previews Festival in Faculty Recital
Date of Event: September 30, 2006
Posted: September 25, 2006
GRANVILLE -- Jazz guitar fans will have a bonus concert to enjoy this fall when Tom Carroll, organizer of Denison's annual Jazz Guitar Festival, gives a recital that previews the artists and programming of this year's 10th anniversary Festival. Carroll's "My Favorite Tunes" recital is set for 8 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 30) in Burke Recital Hall. He will be joined for this recital by Mark Flugge on piano, Doug Richeson on bass and Guy Remonko on drums. The recital is free and open to the public.
Among Carroll's favorites are jazz tunes, old standards, and some of his own compositions. Several Brazilian numbers also are included since Howard Alden and Trio da Paz are among the guest artists scheduled at this year's Festival. The special three-day 10th Anniversary Festival is set for Nov. 3, 4, and 5 and also will bring The Rick Peckham Trio, Stan Smith, Tim Cummiskey, Chris Buzzelli, and Pamela Driggs to campus.
On the faculty at Denison since 1980, Carroll teaches guitar and is coordinator of jazz studies. In addition to organizing the Jazz Guitar Festival, he has successfully organized the Granville Hot Licks Bluesfest. Carroll was drawn into music by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. He landed his first professional job at age 19, leading a Grateful Dead-style band for dances at his college, SUNY-Binghampton. Two classmates turned him on to jazz and in the early '70s he worked with Carl Thompson, a musician and guitar-maker, who helped him make the transition from rock-and-roll to jazz.
He has taught at both Ohio State University and Capital University. He has performed with Ernie Watts, Louis Bellson, Marvin Stamm, Rusty Bryant and Gary Carney and leads his own ensemble, The Tom Carroll Trio. An affiliate artist with the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, Carroll has performed at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., the Mansfield Jazz Festival, the Jazz-On-The-Green in Parkersburg, W.Va., and the Columbus Jazz and Ribs Fest. His first recording as leader was "City Lights," featuring Hank Marr, Gary Carney and Jim Rupp. A second "live" album was released in 2002.
Richeson, an affiliated studio instructor in Denison's music department, has toured and recorded with Phil Collins and Tony Bennett, appearing on three Grammy-award winning albums with Bennett. He has recorded for movie and television soundtracks and performed several times at the White House for the President. Richeson also holds a teaching position at the Ohio University School of Music.
Remonko joined the Denison faculty in 2000 and holds emeritus rank at Ohio University. In addition to teaching percussion, he directs the Denison Latin-Jazz Percussion Ensemble and is a member of the Faculty Jazz Quintet. He presents clinics and performs at major clubs and festivals throughout the country including performances with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Pearl Bailey, Gene Bertoncini and Frank Vignola.
Flugge, who heads the jazz/contemporary piano curriculum at Capital University, is active in the central Ohio area as a pianist, composer, educator and bandleader. He earned a bachelor of music degree at Ohio State and his master of music degree at Eastman. He currently teaches jazz piano at Ohio State and was on the faculty at Eastman. Flugge has recorded two CDs as leader -- "February's Promise" and "Familiarity." He has performed as guest soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and has conducted and performed his transcription of Thelonious Monk's 1959 "Town Hall Concert" for recent shows.
CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville -- Tom Carroll plays "My Favorite Tunes" with Doug Richeson, Guy Remonko and Mark Flugge; 8 p.m., Saturday (Sept. 30), Burke Recital Hall (240 W. Broadway). Free and open to the public. Call 740-587-6220 to confirm information.
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