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Faculty jazz concert set for Sept. 22 at Coastal Carolina

September 19, 2005

Six of Coastal Carolina Universitys talented faculty musicians will perform in concert on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Presented in a variety of formats solo, duo, trio, etc. the program will run the gamut from traditional jazz to funk to rock n roll to Brazilian. Original compositions will be featured as well as standards, including a solo, unaccompanied piece.

Performers are:

Steve Bailey Virtuoso bass player Steve Bailey is an Artist-in-Residence in the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Bailey, who has performed with legendary top artists of every style from Dizzy Gillespie to Willie Nelson, is renowned for his revolutionary use of artificial harmonics and chords, performed on electric six-string fretless and acoustic bass.

David Bankston Associate professor of performing arts, Bankston has performed extensively in opera and musical theater, including leading roles in companies such as the Houston Grand Opera, Washington Opera and New Orleans Opera. Folk, pop and rock music were his first loves, however, and he began playing the guitar at age 15 and was singing folk songs professionally by age 17.

Bill Hamilton An associate professor of music, Hamilton is a jazz pianist who has played with local groups for the past 15 years, including appearances at the Cape Fear Jazz Festival in Wilmington and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston.

Dan OReilly A music instructor and director of Coastals jazz ensemble, this saxophonist has performed extensively around the Grand Strand at such venues as the House of Blues, Broadway at the Beach and the Palace Theatre. His group, The Blues Express, has opened for such artists as BB King, Delbert McClinton and the Doobie Brothers.

Kurry Seymour Director of percussion and assistant director of bands at CCU, Seymour teaches the percussion studio and ensembles, percussion methods, the Spirit of the Chanticleer Marching Band Drumline and the Spirit Pep Band.

Tom Yoder An adjunct music instructor, Yoder has been performing and teaching guitar across the Southeast for the past two decades. He blends his own unique acoustic guitar style with a splash of influences from the likes of Michael Hedges and Leo Kottke. Yoders music is frequently heard on Public Radio on Walter Edgars Journal and All Things Considered.

For more information, contact the Wheelwright Box Office at 349-2502.