December 04, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host a special holiday presentation of Jazz at Bucknell Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

The concert, which is free to the public, will feature the Susquehanna Valley's own classic piano trio, Adams/Stetz&Haynes, performing renditions of family holiday favorites.

Series producer Phil Haynes notes, "Not only people who love jazz, but anyone who likes The Grinch, Charlie Brown, Schroeder, Snoopy, and the gang, should bring the family along for a wonderful introduction to Jazz at Bucknell's inspiring programs."

Classics and more

In addition to music from several beloved animated television programs, the trio will play – and respectfully improvise upon – many holiday classics such as Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Angels We Have Heard on High, What Child is This, and Oh, Come all Ye Faithful.

Long-time regional professionals Steve Adams on piano and bassist Bill Stetz join Haynes as the trio celebrates the beginning of their third year together with this holiday appearance.

Haynes continues, "Steve and Bill have made my musical life in Lewisburg truly rewarding. We have  prepared more than 40 of the most important compositions by the giants of jazz piano, beginning with Scott Joplin, through Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and beyond. 

"This time of year, though, our weekly rehearsals turn toward the music of the season, much of it written or made popular by jazz musicians. It is ideal for rekindling that special holiday spirit we all cherish."

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

Bill Stetz has been featured in many of the area's most popular bands, including Averie Clark's Cool Blue, the AAA Blues Band, the Earthtones, the Arthur Goldstein Quartet, and local performances with New York guitarist Jim Yanda's Regional Cooking.

Percussionist Phil Haynes moved to Lewisburg in 2004 after more than 20 years as an international recording artist living in New York. Since making his debut with The Paul Smoker Trio's QB: featuring Anthony Braxton (named the #1 jazz album of 1985 in Coda Magazine), Haynes has appeared on some 40 commercial recordings and toured throughout Europe and North America.

Posted Dec. 4, 2006

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