Rhythm Section Workshop will be held July 21-23 at Snow College

EPHRAIM, Utah—June 16, 2005-Snow College today announced that the Juilliard School jazz faculty will teach a rhythm section workshop July 21-23 in the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts on Snow's Ephraim campus. Musicians interested in attending must audition for the workshop by submitting a CD or cassette recording demonstrating their musical talent. Tuition for the three-day workshop is $395. For more information or to register, musicians may call Snow's Horne School of Music at (435) 283-7472 or e-mail Vance Larsen at email address for this person. Additional information is available at www.snow.edu/~music/jazzworkshop.

The workshop features one-on-one and small group interaction with some of the finest jazz performers and teachers in the world. Each day, students will participate in master classes, group rehearsals and evening performances. There will be a faculty performance the first day followed by student performances and jam sessions the final two evenings. "The workshop is designed to address the fundamental issues, the role, function and concerns of the rhythm section in a jazz context," said Carl Allen, Juilliard faculty member. "We will approach it from a historical and conceptual perspective where there will be a lot of listening, playing and interacting with one another."

The workshop was actually the brainchild of Dan Jorgensen, a member of Snow's foundation, whose wife, Elaine, is a graduate of Juilliard and professor of music at Snow. Dan met with a Juilliard faculty member who mentioned an interest in finding a western outpost to teach Jazz and other musical disciplines. One discussion led to another and now one of the finest performing arts schools worldwide will have a presence in Utah.

"This is an unbelievable opportunity for Utah musicians to learn how to play like the pros," said Vance Larsen, dean of performing arts at Snow College. "We think we have the perfect workshop. Students get significant one-on-one teaching from the best jazz performers and teachers in one of the finest performing arts facilities in the State."

The Faculty
Four distinguished artists and teachers will provide instruction at the rhythm section workshop. They are:

    Carl Allen, Drums - Carl tours, produces recordings, records as an artist and teaches masterclasses all over the world. He has performed with Freddie Hubbard, James Moody and Michael Brecker and recorded with Terence Blanchard, Joe Henderson, Vincent Herring, Lena Horne and Eric Reed. Carl has been on the faculty at Juilliard since 2001.
    Ben Wolfe, Bass - Ben has worked with Woody Shaw, Junior Cook, Jimmy Cobb, Dakota Staton and the Mel Lewis Orchestra. He's recorded ore than a dozen albums and soundtracks and performed on many tours with Harry Connick Jr. Ben was a member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet until the group disbanded and has recorded three CDs of his own compositions and arrangements. Ben joined the Juilliard faculty in 2002.

    Benny Green, Piano - Benny earned international respect and a reputation as an exciting artist with his Blue Note Records debut, Lineage. He has played with the Ray Brown Trio, Betty Carter's band, the Freddie Hubbard Quintent and was the piano chair in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.

    Rich Dixon, Guitar - Rich is a prolific studio musician who has earned "Studio Musician of the Year" several times in Utah. He records heavily for television, radio, video and movies. Rich performs extensively internationally and is a leading voice nationwide among Jazz guitarists. Rich is a Horne School of Music faculty member and an integral part of the department's Jazz emphasis and excellence.

"We look forward to continuing our relationship with The Juilliard School jazz faculty during the upcoming acadmic year," said Larsen. "We plan to have them on campus for additional workshops with our jazz students as well as promising high school students once each semester. The culmination of our work during the year will be the summer workshop."