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Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Northview High School (NHS) Jazz Bands will present the annual Jazz Café Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m., in the Northview cafeteria.

Admission is $3. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The Jazz Café features the NHS Jazz Band and the North Clay Middle School (NCMS) Jazz Band performing big band music in a night club-like setting. The audience will be seated banquet-style and soft drinks and snacks will be served throughout the evening.

The bands will perform music in a wide variety of jazz styles, including swing, Latin, fusion and blues.

Featured selections from the NHS Jazz Band will include "When Big Bands Ruled The Earth," by Larry Neeck, "Goodbye My Heart," by Mike Smukal, "Running of The Bulls," by Doug Beach and George Shutack, "Hit The Bricks," by Gordon Goodwin, and "Noodlin,'" by Carl Strommen.

Featured selections from the NCMS Jazz Band will include "Senior Banana," by Victor Lopez, "American Patrol," by F.W. Meacham (arranged by Mike Lewis), "Barbados," by Paul Lee, "Straight Up," by Jim Cifelli, and "Impact Zone," by Larry Barton. The Jazz Café will conclude with a monster jam session on the classic blues tune, "Sweet Home Chicago."

The 2012 Jazz Café guest artist is alto saxophonist Matt Pivec, Director of Jazz Studies at Butler University, Indianapolis.

As a performer of jazz and popular music, Pivec has worked with Ray Charles, The Temptations, Dave Rivello, Bob Brookmeyer, Peter Erskine, Maria Schneider, Julia Dollison, Melvin Rhyne, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Pops Orchestra and the national touring companies of Hairspray, 42nd Street and The Producers.

As a bandleader and soloist, he has performed at jazz festivals and venues throughout the United States. His most recent CD, "Live at Snider Hall," was released in the spring of 2008 to critical acclaim.

Pivec received his Doctoral of Musical Arts (saxophone performance and literature) and Master of Music (jazz studies and contemporary media) degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

While at Eastman, Pivec studied with Ramon Ricker. He performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Graduate Saxophone Quartet, and served as lead alto saxophone of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble.

He received several student honors, including the Outstanding Blues/Pop/Rock soloist from Downbeat magazine, the Arts Leadership Certificate, and the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award.

He received his bachelor of music education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. There, he performed with the UWEC Wind Ensemble and served as lead alto saxophone of the nationally acclaimed Jazz Ensemble I, which was recognized twice as the top collegiate jazz ensemble by Downbeat magazine.

Currently, Pivec is the director of jazz studies at Butler University, where he directs the Jazz Ensembles I, and teaches courses in the jazz studies curriculum.

In February 2009, Pivec founded the Butler University Jazz Program, a select jazz ensemble composed of students from the Indianapolis area.

Prior to his appointment at Butler, he taught at CSU, Stanislaus and Cornell University.

In 2006, Pivec was named "Junior Faculty Member with Exceptional Promise," by the CSUS College of Arts, Letters and Sciences.

Also in 2006, he founded the Stanislaus Youth Jazz Orchestra, a select jazz ensemble composed of high school students from Stanislaus County.

More information on Pivec may be accessed at his website, www.mattpivec.com.



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