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Renowned jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker to visit UW-Eau Claire March 8

March 6, 2013
Randy Brecker
Randy Brecker

EAU CLAIRE — Five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker will visit the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire March 8, holding a clinic from noon-1:30 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The clinic will be open to the public.

Brecker will perform with a small jazz combo including UW-Eau Claire students and answer questions from the students and the audience.

"Randy Brecker is the largest jazz innovator we have ever had here," said Robert Baca, UW-Eau Claire professor of music and director of jazz studies. "He is a jazz household name almost on the level of Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. A jazz legend."

Members of the jazz combo performing with Brecker during the clinic will be UW-Eau Claire students Jordan Jenkins, a junior music composition major from Eagan, Minn., on bass, Michael Malone, a senior music major from Oshkosh, on drums, and community pianist Joshua Gallagher.

In addition to receiving multiple Grammy awards in various jazz categories, Brecker has an impressive solo discography and has toured and performed trumpet and flugelhorn with some of the biggest names in jazz and rhythm and blues, including Charles Mingus and Horace Silver. His trumpet lines have appeared on albums by Lou Reed; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Todd Rundgren; Frank Zappa; Paul Simon; Bruce Springsteen; and Aerosmith, to name a few.

Brecker's decades-long musical career began in his native Philadelphia, where he played R&B and funk in local bar bands in his teens. He attended Indiana University from 1963-66, where he studied trumpet and played in the IU Big Band and in various jazz groups and soul bands. He then moved to New York City, where he landed gigs with Clark Terry's Big Band, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and the Duke Pearson Big Band, with whom he recorded two albums. Randy also began his foray into jazz-rock by joining Blood, Sweat & Tears. He worked with the group for a year and played on their 1968 debut album, "Child is Father to the Man."

Together with his younger brother, the late jazz saxophonist Michael Brecker, Randy led bands such as Dreams and the Brecker Brothers from the 1970s through the 1990s and later recorded and toured with Jaco Pastorius' Word of Mouth big band.

Brecker's clinic is part of the UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department's Jazz Series.

For more information about Randy Brecker's visit to UW-Eau Claire, contact Robert Baca, professor of music and director of jazz studies, at bacarj@uwec.edu or 715-836-4371.

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