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Contact: Charlie Bier
Feb. 21, 2013
(337) 482-6477
Renowned Jazz Artist to Perform With University Ensemble

Gordon Goodwin, a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer, arranger, pianist and saxophonist, will perform with the UL Lafayette Jazz Ensemble on March 2.

“He’s the biggest name jazz artist to ever play with our band,” said Dr. William Hochkeppel, director of the Jazz Ensemble.

Goodwin has worked as a composer for television and film scores, including on the motion pictures Armageddon, The Incredibles and Star Trek Nemesis..

He has worked with artists like Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Christine Aguilera and Toni Braxton. He’s conducted orchestras in Atlanta, Seattle, Toronto and London.

Goodwin’s regular gig is performing with his Big Phat Band, based in Los Angeles. The large jazz ensemble has earned a reputation for a contemporary sound that blends musical styles that include swing, Latin, blues, classical and rock and roll.

“The Big Phat Band provides potent testimony to the sheer exhilaration of big band jazz…a combination of crisp accuracy and fiery soloing,” says the Los Angeles Times’ Don Heckman, according to information posted on the band’s website at bigphatband.com.

Goodwin will perform with the Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. on March 2 in Angelle Hall on campus.

The UL Lafayette Jazz Ensemble, open to all University students through an audition process, utilizes complete sections of trumpets, trombones and saxophones, along with piano, bass, drums and guitar.

Cost is $10 for general admission and $5 for K-12 students and senior citizens. The performance is free to all UL Lafayette students, faculty and staff. To inquire about special rates for school groups, call 482-5669.

For more information, contact the UL Lafayette School of Music at 482-6012 or music@louisiana.edu


Document last revised Monday, February 25, 2013 6:44 PM

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