• Acclaimed saxophonist Paul Winter guest artist at 22nd HCC Jazz Festival, March 22-23

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    February 21, 2019
    Acclaimed saxophonist Paul Winter guest artist at 22nd HCC Jazz Festival, March 22-23
    HOLYOKE — Seven-time Grammy-award-winning saxophonist and bandleader Paul Winter will be the guest artist at the 22nd annual Holyoke Community College Jazz Festival, March 22-23.

    The two-day festival opens Friday, March 22, with an 8 p.m. concert that will feature Winter playing with the Amherst Jazz Orchestra under the direction of David Sporny on the stage of the Leslie Phillips Theater in the HCC Fine & Performing Arts building.

    “We are delighted and honored to have renowned saxophonist Paul Winter as the guest artist for this year’s festival,” said organizer and HCC music professor Robert Ferrier. “To have a musician of such  distinction as our guest is a privilege, and this year’s jazz festival promises to be both an educational and inspiring event for all.”

    The festival will continue on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Leslie Phillips Theater with big band and jazz combo performances by high school and HCC jazz students. Jazz clinics, workshops and jam sessions will be held throughout the day in the HCC Recital Hall (FPA building, Room 137).
    Paul Winter will conduct two music clinics, one at 11 a.m. and another at 1 p.m.  

    A concluding concert will be held in the theater Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. featuring Winter performing with a select combo of students representing each of the participating high schools, HCC students and festival faculty.   

    Tickets for the Friday night concert are $15 (general public), $10 (senior and non-HCC students) and free for members of the HCC community (students, staff and faculty) with a valid ID. 
     
    All Saturday events are free and open to the public. Individuals who wish to participate in workshops will be charged a nominal registration fee.

    Also on Saturday, Gerry's Music in South Hadley will have a display booth showcasing instruments, music and accessories.   

    For information, contact Robert Ferrier at (413) 552-2480 or rferrier@hcc.edu 

    About Paul Winter:
    Paul Winter's musical odyssey has long embraced the traditions of the world's cultures, as well as the wildlife voices of what he refers to as "the greater symphony of the Earth." From the early days of his college jazz sextet, which toured 23 countries of Latin America for the State Department and performed the first-ever jazz concert at the White House for the Kennedys in 1962, to his later ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort, his concert tours and recording expeditions have taken him to 52 countries and to wilderness areas on six continents, where he has traveled on rafts, dog sleds, mules, kayaks, tug-boats and Land Rovers. He has recorded 45 albums, of which seven have been honored with Grammy Awards.

    Since 1980, Paul and his Consort have been artists-in-residence at the world's largest cathedral, New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where they have presented over 200 unique events, including their famed annual Winter Solstice and Summer Solstice Celebrations, as well as the performance each October of their ecological mass (Missa Gaia/Earth Mass). paulwinter.com
     
     
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    Holyoke Community College is the Commonwealth’s oldest community college, serving more than 11,000 students annually in credit and noncredit programs and courses. The college holds transfer agreements with more than two dozen colleges and universities. Recognized for its Honors Program, distance learning curriculum, learning communities, and service to students, HCC also offers business development opportunities through the Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development. Please visit us on the web at www.hcc.edu
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    Chris Yurko, Media Relations Manager
    (413) 552-2259