September 10, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Cuong Vu 4-tet will perform on Wednesday, Oct. 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.

Trumpeter Cuong will be joined by Ted Poor, drums, and Stomu Takeishi and Luke Bergman, both of whom are bassists.

Innovative musician
Widely recognized by jazz critics as a leader of a generation of innovative musicians, Cuong has lent his trumpet playing talents to a wide range of artists including Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Dave Douglas, and Myra Melford.

Since moving to New York in 1994, he has been actively leading various groups and has toured extensively throughout the world while giving clinics and masterclasses throughout the U.S. and Europe.

As a leader, Cuong has released four recordings, "Bound" (OmniTone), "Pure" (Knitting Factory Records), "Come Play With Me" (Knitting Factory Records) and "It's Mostly Residual" (ArtistShare) to critical acclaim, with each one having been considered among the best recordings of their respective years.

Grammy winner
Born in Vietnam, Cuong immigrated to Seattle at the age of 6 and began playing the trumpet at the age of 11. A graduate in jazz studies of the New England Conservatory of Music, he has received the Colbert Award for Excellence: The Downtown Arts Project Emerging Artist Award and, in 2002 and 2006, the Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album as a member of the Pat Metheny Group.

Recognized as one of the top 50 young Jazz Artists in the British magazine, Classic CD, he was named the Best International Jazz Artist by the Italian Jazz Critics' Society in 2006. An assistant professor of jazz studies at the University of Washington's School of Music, he is a "Yamaha Performing Artist."

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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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