Pfeiffer University News
Pfeiffer Jazz Ensemble to perform with musician Russ Wilson in concert March 1
- Published on Monday, February 14, 2011 ( 12:52 pm )
The Pfeiffer University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of faculty Jazz Instructor Rusty Smith, will present a concert of ‘early jazz’ at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel on the Misenheimer campus. The concert will feature guest artist Russ Wilson, a drummer, bandleader, and specialist in early jazz history and performance. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Pfeiffer Jazz Ensemble will feature classics of early jazz, including “Jive at 5” by Count Basie, “Basin St. Blues” by Spencer Williams, “Harlem Nocturne” by Earle Hagen, and Glenn Miller's “American Patrol” among others. Rounding out the program will be “Mood Indigo” by Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman's “Stompin’ at the Savoy” featuring on clarinet David Kirby, associate professor of music at Pfeiffer.
Wilson will be in residence that week at Pfeiffer, working with students on the history and styles of early jazz and swing. A Hendersonville, N.C. native, Wilson has been working as a professional musician for almost 30 years. He has shared the stage with jazz and popular artists such as Lightnin' Wells, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Thackery, Candye Kane, and several others. He has worked on 30 albums, seven of them his own solo projects, and has appeared on numerous television shows and in the Martin Scorsese film “The Road to Memphis.”
Wilson has performed in many musical genres, but vintage jazz and swing remain his first love. He is the leader of the 14-piece Nouveau-Passé Orchestra, the only big band in North Carolina faithfully recreating the music of the 20's and 30's.
An avid collector, Wilson has amassed an archive of more than 3,500 pieces that include records, orchestrations, sheet music and memorabilia. Wilson runs his own music business, The Wilson Music Company, which provides bands and musicians for public and private functions throughout North Carolina.