October 26, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jazz at Bucknell will host a special and solo performance by jazz pianist and composer Billy Childs Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

The performance is free to the public as part of the University's ongoing Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series.

Most versatile artist

"Billy Childs is one of America's most versatile artists," said Phil Haynes, producer of Jazz at Bucknell. "He has been nominated for eight Grammys and has won twice for best instrumental composition (Into The Light) and another for best arrangement accompanying a vocalist.

"He has been commissioned by numerous musicians including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as part of the inaugural concert series for the new Jazz At Lincoln Center facility, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Monterey Jazz Festival and, most recently, The American Brass Quintet.

Recording debut in 1977

Childs made his recording debut with J.J. Johnson Quintet's the Yokohama Concert during their 1977 tour of Japan. From 1978 to 1984, he garnered international attention playing with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's group.

Childs' solo jazz recording career began in 1988, when he released Take For Example, This …, the first of four critically acclaimed albums on the Windham Hill Jazz label. Other albums are Twilight Is Upon Us, His April Touch, and Portrait of a Player. A long friendship with Chick Corea resulted in I've Known Rivers in 1995.

Childs and American Brass Quintet

"In addition to his solo jazz recital on the Jazz at Bucknell series, Childs will perform on Nov. 10 with the American Brass Quintet in Bucknell's Weis Center, as part of a residency sponsored by the Kushell Music Endowment of Bucknell and the Bucknell music department," said Haynes. Tickets for this Weis Center Series concert can be purchased from the Campus Box Office by visiting http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/ or by calling 570-577-1000.

For more information or to hear music samples, visit http://www.billychilds.com/

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.

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Posted Oct. 26, 2007