September 23, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Mimi Fox Trio will perform Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University. Guitarist Mimi Fox will be joined by bassist Harvie S and drummer Akira Tana.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, is part of the ongoing Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series.

Widely acclaimed jazz guitarist
Winner in six consecutive Downbeat magazine international critics' polls, Fox has performed and recorded with many of jazz's most commanding players, including fellow guitarists Charlie Byrd, Stanley Jordan and Mundell Lowe; Grammy-nominated saxophonists Branford Marsalis, David Sanchez and Houston Person; and vocalists Abbey Lincoln, Diana Krall, Kevin Mahogany and Janis Siegel of Manhattan Transfer.

She also has performed outside of the jazz world with legends Stevie Wonder and John Sebastian, and has released eight highly acclaimed albums as a leader.

Fox has toured internationally to the Caribbean, Japan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, and appeared at the Montreal, Guinness Cork, Perth International, and Monterey jazz festivals. She has headlined elite venues such as The Blue Note, Merkin Concert Hall, and the Village Gate in New York City; Regattabar and Scullers in Boston; and Yoshi's and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. 

As a composer, Fox has written and performed original scores for orchestras, documentary films and dance projects. She has appeared on numerous television shows including and been a guest on many radio shows, including Marian McPartland's NPR program, "Piano Jazz."

A devoted educator and clinician, she has taught master classes worldwide while serving as head of the guitar program at the Jazz School in Berkeley and adjunct professor at New York University. In 2005, she received an award from the International Association of Jazz Educators for outstanding service to jazz education.

Legendary bassist and composer Harvie S has performed and/or recorded with Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Tony Bennett, Michael Brecker, Gil Evans and countless other jazz artists. He has recorded 13 CDs as a leader and more than 350 as a sideman. In 2006, he was selected as a Jazz Ambassador for the United States and toured Europe and Asia in this prestigious capacity.

Master drummer Akira Tana has worked with a wide array of jazz luminaries including: Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Hubert Laws, Zoot Sims, Lena Horne, the Manhattan Transfer and scores of others. He performed at Tanglewood under both Leonard Bernstein and Gunther Schuller and has more than 100 CDs to his credit.

Phil Haynes, producer of the Jazz at Bucknell series, notes that "Mimi is a gifted young virtuoso out of the Wes Montgomery and Django Rheinhardt lineage who performs with a decidedly traditional edge."

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.

The final event in the fall series will be Owen Howard's Drum Lore on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

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