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UT Tyler Jazz Ensembles to Perform Nov. 29

November 26, 2012

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler
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The University of Texas at Tyler School of Performing Arts will present the UT Tyler jazz ensembles in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in the University Center theater, Dr. John Webb, director of jazz studies, announced.

The public concert will feature two virtuosos, guitarist Ted Ludwig and bassist Bill Huntington. They will first perform with the UT Tyler Jazz Patriots Combo, then with the 18-piece UT Tyler Jazz Ensemble before playing a duo set. Webb directs both ensembles.   

“The program will feature Ted Ludwig compositions, an original tune by UT Tyler student Jonathan McSwain of Mabank as well as tunes from the Count Basie, Horace Silver, Woody Herman, Gordon Goodwin and Steve Wright libraries,” Webb said. “Bring your friends and family for this special musical delight.”

Ludwig is a world-class jazz guitarist from New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, he relocated to Little Rock, where he continues to write, record and perform jazz. A sought-after guitar teacher, he holds a master’s degree from the University of New Orleans and has continued his involvement with the university’s guitar program. Ludwig received awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Foundation and the New Orleans-based fine arts organization Overture to the Cultural Season for his abilities as a musical performer.

Huntington is an American bass player and educator, who also relocated to Little Rock after Hurricane Katrina. A former professor of jazz at both Loyola University and UNO, he has played and toured with musicians such as Ellis Marsalis, Al Hirt, Lionel Ferbos, Steve Masakowski, Dr John and Wendell Brunious. Many of today’s modern masters of the bass were his students during his years at Loyola and UNO.

For more information, contact Webb, 903.566.7387 or jwebb@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.
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