April 26, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. —The Paul Smoker Notet will perform in the final Jazz at Bucknell concert for the spring semester on Wednesday, April 27, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall. The notet includes Paul Smoker, trumpet, Steve Salerno, guitar, and Phil Haynes, drums.

Smoker studied and performed both jazz and classical music while growing up in Davenport, Iowa, and graduated with a doctorate in music from the University of Iowa in 1974. He has taught jazz studies and contemporary music at Coe College and the universities of Iowa, Northern Iowa, and Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Smoker has been a member of the University of Iowa Center for New Music, Iowa Brass Quintet, the new music ensemble SOMA, and has appeared in duo formats with percussionist Gregg Bendian and pianists Beverly Smoker and Borah Bergman, all in addition to presenting solo trumpet concerts.

In addition to his trio and his brass group, he has recorded with the Smoker / Golia Quartet, Joint Venture, Haynes's 4 Horns & What? and Hammond Insurgency, the Gregg Bendian Project, Damon Short, Randy McKean, and more.

He has appeared with a wide diversity of other jazz artists over the years including Dodo Marmarosa, Art Pepper, Frank Rosolino, David Liebman, Doc Severinsen, George Lewis, Peter Brötzman, Lee Konitz, David Sanborn, Gerry Hemingway, Marilyn Crispell, and Evan Parker.

Salerno is an active performer of both jazz and classical music in Europe, China, Puerto Rico, the United States and Canada. A member of the Ray Anderson Quartet, he leads a variety of groups, including his own jazz trio, Exiles. Recent recordings include Paul Smoker's Mirabile Dictu, Ray Anderson's Bone Meal, Mala Waldron's Always There, and Min Xiao Fen's Blue Pipa Trio. The Constellation Trio, a classical ensemble with flutist Linda Wetherill and oboist Terry Keevil, was honored with grants from the New York State Department of Cultural Affairs. He is the founding director of the jazz program at Stony Brook University where he is working toward his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in 20th-century performance, and he teaches guitar at Adelphia University.

Haynes is featured on more than 50 recordings by many of the seminal artists of his generation. As a leader, his discs include Continuum, with violinist Mark Feldman; 4 Horns & What? with saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Andy Laster; A Couch in Brooklyn, featuring Israeli pianist Micu Narunsky; The Hammond Insurgency with B-3 artist Jeff Palmer and trumpeter Paul Smoker; Free Country with cellist / vocalist Hank Roberts, Ritual with Herb Robertson; and Sanctuary, for solo drumset; as well as Day Dream, with Drew Gress and Steve Rudolph. Since 2006, Haynes has served as jazz artist-in-residence at Bucknell, teaching improvisation; courses in jazz history; Pep Band; BIIE; and the Jazz Band's rhythm section and soloists. Additionally, he presents numerous concerts, seminars, and workshops with international and regional artists.

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