November 13, 2005


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Paul Smoker

Paul Smoker

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Paul Smoker Trio will perform in a jazz concert at Bucknell University Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

The concert is free to the public. Jazz at Bucknell is a new venture produced for the university by Phil Haynes.

Founded by trumpeter Paul Smoker, the trio includes bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Phil Haynes. Director of the jazz studies program at Nazareth College, Smoker is composer-in-residence at Rochester's School of the Arts.

Smoker founded the Paul Smoker Trio with Ron Rohovit and Phil Haynes while teaching at Coe College. The trio began to receive international attention, recording and playing jazz festivals in the United States, Canada and Europe. Since then he has made more than 40 recordings as a leader of his own groups and with numerous jazz musicians.

His present quartet, with guitarist Steve Salerno, bassist Ed Schuller, and drummer Phil Haynes, performed at the Rochester International Jazz Festival this past June. Their most recent recording is "The Paul Smoker Notet Live at the Bop Shop."

Ken Filiano

Ken Filiano

Filiano performs throughout the world, playing and recording with leading artists in jazz, spontaneous improvisation, classical, world/ethnic, and interdisciplinary performance, fusing the rich traditions of the double bass with his singular powers of invention. His solo bass CD, "Subvenire (NineWinds)," received unanimous critical praise.

Phil Haynes

Phil Haynes

An original member of the Paul Smoker Trio at Coe College, Haynes moved to New York City. Since that time he has been featured on nearly 30 releases by American and European record companies. Critics have compared his drumming to the masters Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes, and Elvin Jones, and his compositions to Ives, Mingus, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

The Paul Smoker Trio's debut album, QB, featured Anthony Braxton and was named the #1 Jazz Album of 1985 in Coda Magazine by critic Kevin Whitehead. Their six commercial recordings have become the benchmark for new jazz conception and performance. Smoker's work with his trio and other ensembles in the '80s and '90s place him in the company of Kenny Wheeler and Herb Robertson as the three most important jazz trumpet innovators of the last 30 years.

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story posted Nov. 12, 2005

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