Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host ENMU Jazz Fest 2005 on Friday, March 11. The concert is free to the public.
From 4:30–5:30 p.m. there will be a Jazz Improvisation Clinic (location TBA) with guest artist William Brian Hogg. At 8 p.m. in the University Theatre the Jazz Fest will continue with a concert featuring the Clovis High School Jazz Bands I & II, the High Winds Jazztet, and the ENMU Jazz Ensemble with the guest artist on tenor saxophone.
William Brian Hogg received his bachelor of science degree at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN in 1996. He completed a master of music degree in jazz studies at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music in 2003. He is a regular fixture in the professional music scene and travels extensively with regional and national groups. He has worked with the critically acclaimed Cincinnati Pops, has been a featured soloist with the Kentucky Symphony and is a regular member of top performing groups in the greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, including the nationally recognized PsychoAcoustic Orchestra and theMike Wade Quintet.
Asa recording artist Hogg, in collaboration with the group Schvilkus, wona nomination for "Best Jazz/Instrumental Group" at the NationalAssociation of Music Merchants Convention, 1999. He can also be foundplaying on recordings with such artists as Fred Wesley, Bootsie
Collins, The Goshorn Brothers, and a number of radio, television, and commercial recordings. Most recently Hogg can be heard as a featured soloist on the Inclusion Network's new release, "Hidden Treasures" with Rich Uncle Skeleton and the Psycho-Acoustic Orchestra. He is also a featured soloist on the newly released Tropicoso recording titled "Un Cuento," and is a primary arranger and soloist on the newly released gospel recording "Praises" with Phil Brown. Hogg is currently in the studio recording an album with the John Slate Quartet, produced by organist Tony Monaco. His Website is at www.williambrianhogg.com.
TheENMU Jazz Ensemble is the premier jazz organization at Eastern. Theirrepertoire covers a wide degree of jazz styles. The jazz ensembleperforms throughout the academic year for University and civic eventsincluding the annual ENMU Jazz Fest. Last November, the jazz ensembleembarked on a three-day tour in the Northwest part of New Mexico. Included in the tour were concerts at high schools in Los Lunas, Aztec,Kirtland, and Piedra Vista, as well as San Juan College.
TheHigh Winds Jazztet came together in May, 2003, as a tight ensemble thatcould easily maneuver through jazz standards, popular classics andoriginal compositions. The group has performed on the FlickingerCenter's outdoor concert series in Alamogordo, N.M., and they are alsofrequently featured on programs for local organizations. The quartet'smembers are ENMU professors Chris Beaty, saxophone; JimConstantopoulos, bass; and Neil Rutland, drums; and South PlainsCollege's Travis Erwin, guitar/vocals.
For more information, contact Chris Beaty at 505.562.2471.