Doug Talley Quartet to perform at USD

Doug Talley Quartet to perform at USD "There has always been great jazz in Kansas City � thanks to the Doug Talley Quartet, there still is," raved Bob Bernotas in Midwest Jazz magazine. There will be great jazz in Vermillion on Friday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m., in Colton Recital Hall on the USD campus, when the Doug Talley Quartet performs a concert with the University of South Dakota jazz ensembles.

The group consists of Talley on saxophone, Wayne Hawkins, piano, Tim Brewer, bass, and Keith Kavanaugh, drums. They have performed at festivals and concerts throughout the Midwest, and individual group members have played jazz luminaries such as Jay McShann, Bobby Watson, Diane Schuur, and Eddie Harris.

The group has released several CDs, including Night and Day, featuring the music of Cole Porter, and acclaimed Kansas City Suite, a multi-movement composition.

by Talley that, in the words of Rod McBride in JAM Magazine, "takes you through a collage of jazz selections dedicated to the sights and sounds that make Kansas City what it is (and was)."

The tunes evoke the many moods of the city (City of Fountains and Stockyard Blues) and pay tribute to Kansas City jazz greats (Basie and the Prez, Talley's dedication to the Count and saxophonist Lester Young, nicknamed the president of the tenor saxophone).

Active as performers and jazz educators, the Doug Talley Quartet will be on campus at The University of South Dakota April 15 and 16 presenting clinics and rehearsing and working with student performing groups.

All clinics as well as the concert are free and open to the public. C.J. Kocher, assistant professor of saxophone and jazz studies at The University of South Dakota, said, "This is a great opportunity for students to hear and interact with world-class jazz musicians. With support from a visiting scholar grant from the university, the Selmer Corporation, and Mollet Music, we're able to present this concert free to the public, giving them an evening of some really great music."

For more information on clinics presented by Talley, contact C.J. Kocher at 677-5728 or ckocher@usd.edu.

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