Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 10:15am

Renowned musician Bobby Militello will perform with the Dave Golando Big Band during JCC's annual Jazz Fest on April 23 in Scharmann Theatre on the Jamestown Campus.

Admission to the 8 p.m. concert is $5, general public; $3, senior citizens and area students; and $2, JCC Faculty Student Association members. Tickets are available in the JCC box office, 716.338.1187, or at the theatre door prior to the concert.

Ticket holders are invited to an open rehearsal, which begins at 5:30 p.m.

Since 1982 Militello has played alto saxophone and flute with the Dave Brubeck Quartet. He has recorded over 20 CDs, played with almost every major orchestra in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and has appeared in international jazz festivals and on television and radio shows.

Throughout his career, Militello has formed various groups of his own, ranging from fusion/funk to bebop. His first national recording, Primal Scream, was with Maynard Ferguson in 1975 and his first solo album, Bobby M Blow, was recorded in 1982 on Motown Records.

From 1975 to 1979, Militello played baritone sax and flute with Maynard Ferguson, receiving critical acclaim throughout the U.S. and Canada. He began performing with the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1983.

While living in Los Angeles from 1983 to 1991, Militello performed with the Don Menza Quintet, Dee Barton Big Band, Chuck Flores Big Band and Quartet, Steve Hoffstetter Latin Big Band, Jeff Stradling Fusion Quintet, Kim Richmond Jazz Orchestra and Big Band, and Steve Segal Big Band.

After moving back to Buffalo in 1991, Militello was a contract player for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra where he began playing for Doc Severinsen. He performed tenor, clarinet, and flute for Severinsen in the Tonight Show Band for two years.

The Dave Golando Big Band, begun over 10 years ago, is dedicated to keeping big band music alive in the Southern Tier area. Charts from the Count Basie, Benny Carter, Duke Ellington, John Fedchock, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones, Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson, Buddy Rich, Shorty Rodgers, Artie Shaw, and Tonight Show big bands are performed.

Legendary big band arrangers and composers such as Ralph Burns, Bill Holman, Don Menza, Marty Paich, Sammy Nestico are included in the band's library. Music from the Glen Miller and Benny Goodman bands can also be programmed.

Featured lead players in the band include Mike Willis, a jazz trombonist and music educator at Silver Creek Central School, and Jason Fox, a section leader who has played lead trumpet with the Bob Lucia and Rick Lundquist big bands and is a music teacher at St. Bonaventure University and Olean Public Schools.

Jeff Gibbens, another lead trumpet player, has played with the Dave Stevens Band in Erie, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and is active in drum and bugle corps in Erie. Drummer Peggy Scalzo plays with Sweethearts of Rhythm Big Band in Buffalo and accompanies sax great Dave Shivone. She teaches percussion in Buffalo.

Tenor sax soloist is Dave Callaghan from Edinboro, PA. He leads his own hard bop combo and has played with the Dave Stevens and Rick Lundquist big bands.

Golando leads the reed section playing alto and soprano saxes, clarinet, and flute. Golando has performed with over 100 bands throughout western New York and Pennsylvania, including the Dave Stevens, Stew Snyder, Harold Olson, Germaine & Pappalardo, Rick Lundquist, and Bob Lucia big bands. He has also led several combos of his own including the saxophone quartet, Saxtime.

The concert is sponsored by JCC's arts, humanities, and health sciences division and the college programming committee.

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