December 05, 2013

Keith Ganz and Kate McGarry in concert Jan. 29

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz Duo Palooza will perform in concert Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

The concert celebrates the release of their live duo recording, "Genevieve & Ferdinand" on Sunnyside Records.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's ongoing Jazz at Bucknell series.

Ten years of collaboration between Palmetto Records Artist Kate McGarry and husband/guitarist Keith Ganz have produced six critically acclaimed recordings, a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and live performances that crackle with spontaneity and joy. The Wall St. Journal calls their music, "Austere and elegant," and The New York Times pronounced it, "Astute and sensitive."

McGarry performs in the most venerated jazz clubs and festivals throughout the United States and abroad. She is a member of the faculty of New England Conservatory and a past faculty member at Manhattan School of Music. Downbeat Magazine has cited her as 'Rising Star' vocalist for the past five years. She has been interviewed on All Things Considered, Jazz Set with DeeDee Bridgewater and Piano Jazz with Marion McPartland.

The singer has performed on some of the world's most prestigious stages, from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Birdland to the Newport Jazz Festival, San Sebastian Jazz Fest and Jazz Baltica. She has recorded and toured with such jazz luminaries as Hank Jones, Fred Hersch, Kurt Elling, Maria Schneider and John Hollenbeck and Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown. McGarry has represented the U.S. State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center as a jazz ambassador for three years running in the American Music Abroad program and recently returned from a month-long tour of China and Mongolia.

Keith Ganz is a guitarist, composer, arranger and producer. He has performed with such jazz notables as Harry Connick Jr., Kurt Elling, Luciana Souza, Fred Hersch, Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Russell Malone, Bruce Barth, Donny McCaslin, Gary Versace, Victor Lewis, Clarence Penn, Greg Hutchinson, Kenny Wollesen, Billy Drummond, Jay Anderson, Reuben Rogers, Sean Smith, John Ellis, Steve Cardenas, Ben Monder, Theo Bleckmann, Peter Eldridge and Gretchen Parlato. He has appeared on Oprah, Letterman, The View, Ellen and Australian Idol and toured the globe from Mongolia to Melbourne.

"This duo has figured out how to create jazz arrangements of songs by Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills and Ric Ocasek without compromising either the jazz or the rock'n'roll. The substitute chords, elasticized rhythms and deconstructionist solos make this satisfying jazz, while the lyrics are delivered with such forceful urgency that it's still satisfying rock'n'roll. The songs are transformed but never obscured," says Geoffrey Himes, Paste Magazine.

The Jazz at Bucknell series presents 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.

The spring Jazz at Bucknell concert schedule includes the Eastman Jazz Quartet on Feb. 26; the Matt Mitchell Quartet on March 5; the Bucknell Jazz Band with special guests Fred Sturm and Clay Jenkins on April 8; and Jason Moran and the Bandwagon (co-sponsored with the Weis Center) on April 17.