May 25, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Mark Morganelli, trumpet and executive director of Jazz Forum All-Stars, will perform June 2 at 8 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University. The concert, which is open to the public without charge, is part of the ongoing Jazz at Bucknell series and is presented as part of the university's annual Reunion weekend. Light refreshments will be provided.

Performing with Morganelli will be Steve Bowman, tenor saxophone; Steve Adams, piano; Bill Stetz, bass; and Phil Haynes, drums, who serves as producer of Bucknell's jazz series.

Morganelli, who graduated from Bucknell in 1977, began presenting concerts in his first Jazz Forum loft at 50 Cooper Square in 1979. By the time the second Jazz Forum loft closed its doors in 1983, recordings, videos, films, and radio broadcasts had documented performances by Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw, Red Rodney, Carmen McRae, Barry Harris, and Max Roach. After brief residencies at the Village Gate and the Entermedia Theater, he established Jazz Forum Arts, a not-for-profit arts presenting organization, and in 1985 started the Riverside Park Arts Festival.

Morganelli has produced more than 50 CDs, most for Candid Records, 20 recorded live at NYC's Birdland club. Fourteen years ago, he inaugurated the Jazz at the Music Hall series in Tarrytown. Performers have included Ahmad Jamal, Billy Taylor, Lionel Hampton, Betty Carter, and many other notables. He produced the Sunnyside and Berkshire Jazz festivals. He has produced concerts at the Tarrytown Arts Festival, C.W. Post College, Paramount Center in Peekskill, Palace Theatre in Stamford, NJPAC, John Harms Center in Englewood, Purchase College SUNY, and NYC's Beacon Theatre and Town Hall.

Morganelli also produced the Dizzy Gillespie 75th Birthday concert at Carnegie Hall and co-produced the Jazz Beats Breast Cancer concert at Avery Fisher Hall. In 2005, he began presenting a new concert series at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He continues to perform with his Jazz Forum All-Stars on Wednesdays at Castle-on-the-Hudson in Tarrytown and on Thursdays at Aperitivo Plus in Larchmont. He has just released My Romance, his fourth CD as leader.

Steve Bowman studied jazz improvisation, theory, and arranging at the Berklee College of Music and holds a B.A. in music from Penn State University. With the Glenn Miller Orchestra, he has toured the U.S., Canada, Europe, and South America. He has performed with Billy Eckstine, Buddy DeFranco, Rosemary Clooney, Frankie Laine, and Bob Hope, among others. Locally, Bowman performs in regional symphony and theater orchestras, TV and radio commercials, and numerous jazz, pop, and rock groups.

Steve Adams was an original member of the David Rose Band and has performed locally with Cruel 4 Days, Jazzin', The Transcendants, and the big band Backbay Express. He has appeared with international artists David Liebman, Nelson Hill, Virginia Mayhew, and Jim Pugh.

Bill Stetz has been featured in many of the region's best-known bands including AAA Blues Band, Queen Bee and the Blue Hornet Band, The Earthtones, The Arthur Goldstein Quartet, Jim Yanda's Regional Cooking, and Averie Clark's Cool Blue.

Phil Haynes made his recording debut with the Paul Smoker Trio's QB, which was named the Number One Jazz Album of 1985 in Coda Magazine. More than 20 years later, he is a veteran of over 40 CDs. Haynes produces, and occasionally performs on, the Jazz at Bucknell series of chamber jazz performances.

Jazz at Bucknell is conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries to the campus and surrounding community several times each year. Programming will showcase the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the Avant-Garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.

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Story posted May 25, 2006

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