$10 General Public
FREE student tickets available at the Rockwell Hall Box Office
with Bill Easley, Woodwinds
The Buffalo State Jazz Ensemble will perform under the direction of Dr. Rick Fleming, with special guest Bill Easley, woodwinds.
An extremely versatile and gifted reed player, Bill Easley displays a polished, forceful sound on alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; flute; and clarinet. With a professional career spanning more than 55 years, this Olean native represents the fourth generation of a family dedicated to music. He attended Memphis State University during the '60s, and later worked with George Benson and Isaac Hayes and did sessions at Stax. Easley moved back to New York and has recorded sessions for Sunnyside and Milestone. He's played with Sir Roland Hanna, James Williams, Bill Mobley, Mulgrew Miller, Grady Tate, George Caldwell, Victor Gaskin, and Billy Higgins among others.
Bill was a part of the Jazz Repertory Movement, playing in The American Jazz Orchestra (John Lewis); The Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra (David Baker); and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (Wynton Marsalis), and The Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra (Jon Faddis)
St. Bonaventure University presented its first Regina B. Quick Award to Bill Easley on April 19, 1997.
The Jazz Ensemble's mission is to introduce students to the great American art form of jazz. Performing traditional as well as contemporary ensemble arrangements affords the student an opportunity to learn a myriad of styles that will develop their individual and collective musicianship.
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