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LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell University will host a special holiday presentation of Jazz at Bucknell Wednesday, Dec. 12, 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, "In searching for new holiday literature, I remembered Duke Ellington's big band version of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, and thought since Ellington had already 'crossed the line' more than 50 years ago as far as jazz interpretation of this music was concerned, perhaps it was time to develop our own rendition of this classic.
"Our pianist, Steve Adams, has painstakingly transcribed from Tchaikovsky's original score most of the complete themes which we have then arranged and improvised on in a generally reverent manner."
In addition to the trio's jazz adaptation of the much-loved and familiar tunes from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet, the ensemble will revisit last year's success, Vince Guaraldi's beloved "A Charlie Brown Christmas," along with music from "The Grinch that Stole Christmas," along with other holiday favorites and familiars.
Four years together
Long-time regional professionals Steve Adams on piano and bassist Bill Stetz join Haynes as the trio celebrates the beginning of their fourth year together with this holiday appearance.
Haynes continues, "Steve and Bill have made my life in Lewisburg truly rewarding. We have arranged and memorized dozens of important compositions by the giants of jazz piano, beginning with Scott Joplin, through Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, and Keith Jarrett, along with a number of our own works.
"This time of year, though, our weekly rehearsals turn toward the spirited and romantic music of the season, and we hope to spread that good cheer to everyone who can join us."
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. He is currently serving as Bucknell University Jazz Artist in Residence. Since making his debut with The Paul Smoker Trio's QB (named the #1 jazz album of 1985 in Coda magazine), Haynes has appeared on some 40 commercial recordings and toured extensively throughout Europe and North America.
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Posted Nov. 15, 2007