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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Art Lande Quartet will perform Wednesday, April 3, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the ongoing Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series.
The Art Lande Quartet features Bruce Williamson, reeds; Dean Johnson, bass; Tony Moreno, drums; and Art Lande, piano.
Grammy-nominated Art Lande, the international pianist, composer, improviser, drummer and educator, has performed with the Who's Who in jazz, including Chet Baker, Allen Ginsberg, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson, Steve Swallow, Charlie Haden, Kenny Wheeler, Sheila Jordan, Mark Isham, Paul McCandless, Jan Garbarek, and Ravi Coltrane.
In addition to his prolific recording and performing career, he is widely known as a jazz educator, serving multiple European schools, the Cornish College of the Arts, Naropa University, and the University of Colorado Boulder. He counts among his students pianists Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner and Myra Melford.
Saxophonist Bruce Williamson was active in the San Francisco music scene until moving to New York City in the mid-1980s. In California he performed in blues bands, Brazilian bands and with jazz artists such as Mark Levin, Bobby McFerrin and Benny Green. More recently he has performed in various New York City clubs and has been a featured soloist in Japan and Europe. He can be heard on more than 50 recordings playing clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, piccolo, piano, synthesizer and saxophone.
Acoustic bass artist Dean Johnson is a Seattle native; since moving to New York in 1980, Johnson has appeared on more than 50 recordings, noted for his work with an eclectic array of artists including Randy Brecker, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Charlap, Harold Danko, Dave Douglas, Lee Konitz, Steve Kuhn, Art Lande, Nguyen Le, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Bill Mays, The New York Voices, Jackie and Roy, Carol Sloane and Roseanna Vitro. Johnson's seminal collaboration, however, was the 10 years he toured and recorded with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, before Mulligan's passing in 1996.
New-York-based artist Tony Moreno is one of the most sought-after drummers of his profession. In addition to teaching regularly at Columbia, New York University, and City College of New York, Moreno can be heard on CDs released by CBS-Sony EMI, Polydor/Polygram, BMG, Antilles, Acoustic Artists, King, NuJazz, Naxos, and Soulnote, among many, and appears on videos with Elvin Jones, Barry Harris, and The Lounge Lizards. His credits include Mal Waldron, Bill Frisell, Sonny Fortune, Sal Nistico, Palle Danielsson, Paul McCandless, Dave Liebman, Paul Bley, Phillip Catherine, Sam Rivers, Kenny Wheeler, Frank Foster, Billy Harper, Mino Cinelu, Joey Calderazzo, John Purcell, The Lounge Lizards, Dave Kikoski, Ravi Coltrane, Jack Walrath, Mark Feldman, and Garry Thomas.
Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the Avant-Garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.
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