October 13, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jazz pianist Jim Balagurchik will perform in concert at Bucknell University on Monday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.

The concert, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the music department and the Kushell Music Endowment.

Balagurchik will be joined by trumpeter Barry Long, bassist Joe Michaels and drummer Phil Haynes in a program of jazz standards and Balagurchik's own works.

While at Bucknell, he will visit classes and teach a few private lessons.

New York jazz artist
A 1977 graduate of Bucknell, Balagurchik has been living and performing in New York City for more than 25 years. He has been a regular at Cameo's and the Hotel Kitano, among other New York jazz venues.

After leaving Bucknell, he toured with a band for six months before studying with jazz piano greats Barry Harris and Mike Longo in New York.

A faculty member of "Ovation," an after-school program bringing music to young students in the schools in Westchester County, N.Y., Balagurchik visits the Bucknell campus to work with music students on jazz each semester.

For more information or to hear music samples, visit www.jimbalagurchik.com.

Contact: Division of Communications

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