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BEN MARKLEY with SC Jazz
April 26 at 7:00 pm
3.30p – 5.00p: Open Masterclass/Rehearsal with Dr. Ben Markley (Director of Jazz Studies, UW) and SC Jazz Ensembles
All high school and community musicians are welcome and encouraged to attend the masterclass. For more information, contact Dr. Eric Richards.
7.00p: Ben Markley in concert with the SC Jazz Ensembles
Both events FREE and OPEN to the public. Part of Sheridan’s Celebrate the Arts.
Ben Markley, a jazz pianist, has performed with Brian Lynch, Greg Osby, Eddie Henderson, Terell Stafford, George Garzone, and John Fedchock. Markley’s latest recording project is Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton (OA2 records). Markley, along with special guest trumpeter Terell Stafford, celebrates one of the more influential and beloved figures in jazz through this unique project, showcasing many of the late pianist and composer Cedar Walton’s most revered tunes through new arrangements for big band. Performing iconic compositions such as ‘Hindsight,’ ‘Bolivia,’ and ‘Holy Land,’ Markley brings together fellow faculty members from the University of Wyoming and top-flight Denver-area musicians to produce an honest and swinging recording that honors Cedar Walton while presenting his music in a bright new light. The album received great critical acclaim and was selected as one of the best 4 star rated albums of 2017 by DownBeat magazine. He is currently head of the UW jazz department.