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New York Jazz musicians guest at UNT

September 28, 2012

Via UNT Jazz Blog

Alex Sipiagin, Rich Perry, and Donald Edwards will be on campus on Oct. 3 and 4, 2012 as guest artists with University of North Texas’ jazz small group program, which is directed by Stefan Karlsson. They will coach all of our combos throughout both days and do a Q&A session in forum class on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 4pm in Kenton Hall (room 282 of the music building). They will also perform at Dan’s Silverleaf on Thursday night at 9pm (two sets); there will no cover charge for students enrolled in the Fall 2012 Forum class. For further information contact Stefan Karlsson.


ALEX “SASHA” SIPIAGIN (trumpet)

For nearly two decades, jazz festivals and clubs worldwide has seen Alex Sipiagin performing with the likes of Dave Holland , Michael Brecker , the Mingus groups, etc. Born on June 11, 1967 in Yaroslavl, Russia, Alex began studying the trumpet at age 12, studying at the Moscow Music Institute and the Gnessin Conservatory in Moscow where he received his Baccalaureate. In 1990, Alex participated in the International Louis Armstrong Competition sponsored by the Thelonius Monk Institute in Washington D.C. winning top honors and soon after relocated to the jazz mecca of the world, New York City.

Alex soon became a favored player for various bands including the Gil Evans, Gil Goldstein’s Zebra Coast Orchestra, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz, drummer Bob Moses’ band Mozamba, Mingus Big Band as well as the Mingus Dynasty and Mingus Orchestra, and the Dave Holland Big Band and Sextet. In 2003 he recorded with Michael Brecker’s Quindectet touring also with the Michael Brecker Sextet. Alex has also worked with Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, Elvis Costello, Michael Franks, Dave Sanborn, Deborah Cox, legendary producer Phil Ramone, etc., with many of the recordings becoming Grammy nominations and winners.

As a soloist, Sipiagin has eleven recordings to his credit, touring extensively throughout Europe, U.S., Japan and Russia with his own group. Since 2008, he has been teaching at the Groningen Prince Claus Conservatory, and has also taught at New York University as well as conducting numerous workshops and master classes at various music institutions.

Today, Sipiagin lives in the North Fork of Long Island and continues to perform and tour with the Dave Holland groups, Mingus groups (and various others) as well as with his own solo projects worldwide, and is a Yamaha U.S. artist.


Rich Perry (tenor sax)

Rich Perry has lived and worked in New York City since 1976. Along with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra he is currently a member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the George Mraz Trio and the Harold Danko Quartet. He has recorded extensively for SteepleChase Records, including 18 CD’s as a leader, 10 with Harold Danko, and other CD’s with Ron McClure, Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, Dave Stryker, Gary Versace, and Dave Scott to name a few . He has also recorded on other labels with Fred Hersch, George Mraz, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Maria Schneider, Renee Rosnes, Clay Jenkins, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, the Joe Henderson Big Band, and the John Fedchock New York Big Band. He is on the faculty of William Paterson University, Manhattan School Of Music, and New York University.


Donald Edwards (drums)

Since his emergence in 1987, Donald Edwards has played across the globe with some of the finest musicians in jazz. He is now building a reputation all his own. Donald Edwards has performed with jazz greats such as Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell, Donald Harrison, Jesse Davis, Greg Tardy, Carmen Lundy, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Wessell Anderson, Orrin Evans, Joey Calderazzo, Wynton Marsalis, The Mingus Big Band, Dynasty & Orchestra, Charlie Hunter, Russell Malone, Alvin Batiste, Stefon Harris, Seamus Blake, Boris Kozlov and Mark Whitfield. After winning the Louisiana Arts Ambassador’s Award for Composition in 1994, Donald Edwards became one of the most sought after drummers on the New Orleans music scene. New Orleans is place with a vocabulary of music all it’s own and Edwards is a drummer steeped in that tradition. He came up playing different kinds of music ranging from marching band, hip-hop and pop to r&b, jazz, funk and gospel music. As a result, Edwards is now called on to play many different genres of music and meets them with creative interpretation and virtuosity. Donald Edwards is among the vanguard of players on the New York scene today.

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