Wednesday, October 17, the nationally recognized CWU Jazz Studies program will present a concert featuring two internationally renowned jazz saxophone players. The Jon Hamar Quartet will have guest appearances by Rich Perry and Todd DelJuidice, both hailing from the east coast and extensive careers playing worldwide.
Rich Perry attended Bowling Green State University for a year before moving to New York. Perry first toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1975, and followed it with time in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra the following year. He has also played with Chet Baker, Machito, Bob Moses, Jack McDuff, Billy Hart, Eddie Gomez, Tom Harrell, and Harold Danko. He has released copiously as a leader since 1993 on Steeplechase Records.
Perry is currently a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra as well as Maria Schneider's Orchestra. He is an adjunct faculty member of the William Paterson University Jazz program. He has recorded extensively as a leader and appears as a sideman on the recordings of Rufus Reid, Fred Hersch, Paul Bley, Lee Konitz, and Joe Henderson, to name a few.
Todd DelGiudice grew up in south Florida where he studied clarinet with Richard Hancock of the Florida Philharmonic and saxophone with Professor Gary Keller of the University of Miami. He has performed professionally with The Florida Philharmonic, The New World Symphony, Ray Charles, The Woody Herman Big Band and Natalie Cole among many others. After a move to New York City, he performed with Maria Schneider, John Fedchock, Rich Perry, Ingrid Jensen, Donny McCaslin and Rick Margitza as well as leading his own group. Todd is currently teaching at theUniversity of N. Florida. He has been featured nationally as a guest artist and clinician.
Jon Hamar, who is leading the quartet, is from Seattle where he actively plays bass in multiple venues and styles. He also is the bass instructor at CWU. The quartet will be rounded out by drummer Julian McDonough, who is very active on the jazz scene in Seattle.
"To have musicians of this stature here is Ellensburg is certainly a big deal," said Chris Bruya, CWU's Director of Jazz Studies. "I've admired and enjoyed the playing of both Rich and Todd over the years, so when an opportunity arose to have them here, I made every effort to make it happen."
The concert is sponsored in part by Jazz In The Valley, with the remainder coming from the CWU Jazz program, Central Jazz Organization, and the CWU student jazz club. These artists will present not only the concert, but three clinics while in Ellensburg. Thursday morning they will visit the high school and give a clinic for the vocal jazz ensemble and jazz band, directed by Gay Ott and Don May, then they will head back to the college campus and work with students in the jazz improvisation class and numerous jazz combos.
Their concert will happen Wednesday, October 17, 7 p.m., in the McIntyre Music Building Recital Hall. Because of the generous funding provided by the above sponsors, both the concert and clinics are free and open to the public.