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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Don Byron Ivey-Divey Trio will perform Sept. 6 at 8:30 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 First Wednesdays series.

Byron, performing on clarinet, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone, will be joined by George Colligan, piano, and Mark Ferber, drums.

The name of the Ivey-Divey Trio extends an affectionate tribute to saxophone legend Lester "Prez" Young and his 1946 trio album with pianist Nat "King" Cole and drummer Buddy Rich, according to Phil Haynes, series producer, who says, "Although recorded without a bassist, the bass role was more than ably usurped due to Cole’s magnificent left hand and his masterful sense of rhythm.

"While playing several tunes from that classic Lester Young Trio recording, Byron’s Ivey-Divey Trio also interprets compositions by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and some of Byron’s own," said Haynes.

Byron was named Jazz Artist of the Year by Down Beat magazine in 1992. Consistently voted best clarinetist by critics, he has presented numerous projects at major music festivals around the world, including recent performances in Vienna, San Francisco, London, New Zealand and on Broadway.

From 1996-99, he served as artistic director of jazz at the Brooklyn Academy of Music where he curated a concert series for the Next Wave Festival and premiered his children’s show, Bug Music for Juniors. From 2000-05, he was artist-in-residence at New York’s Symphony Space. He is musician-in-residence at the University of Albany.

Byron has written and performed music for the dance companies of Donald Byrd, Bebe Miller, Mark Dendy, and Ellen Sinopoli, and was featured in Robert Altman’s movie Kansas City and the Paul Auster film Lulu on the Bridge.

Produced by Phil Haynes, Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing 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.

 

Posted Aug. 28, 2006

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