Jazz at the Bechtler: Tribute to Frank Rosolino ft. Trombonist Rick Simerly

Jazz at the Bechtler: Tribute to Frank Rosolino ft. Trombonist Rick Simerly

LOCATION: BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

SEPTEMBER 2 AT 6 AND 8:15 PM

JAZZ AT THE BECHTLER: TRIBUTE TO FRANK ROSOLINO ft. RICK SIMERLY

Jazz trombonist Frank Rosolino matched any of the idiom's giants in fluidity, technique, and imagination. He was a comic vocalist, but there was nothing funny about his solos. They were smooth and dazzling, delivered with ease and precision.

Born in Detroit, Rosolino began as a guitarist at 10 and trombone later in his teens. He played in several big bands after his discharge from the army, among them Bob Chester, Glen Gray, Gene Krupa, Tony Pastor, Herbie Fields, and Georgie Auld. Rosolino began leading his own group in Detroit, then joined Stan Kenton's orchestra in late 1952. He spent his latter career in California, playing with Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars from 1954 to 1960 and with Donn Trenner's band for Steve Allen's television show from 1962 to 1964.

Currently an Associate Professor of Music at Milligan College in Tennessee and Jazz trombonist, Rick Simerly has been described as “one of the most exciting and consistently creative trombonists in jazz today” by David Baker. The Online Trombone Journal states, “Rick Simerly is in the upper ranks of contemporary trombonists”, while the Jazz Review declares “…when jazz fans think about great trombone players, only a few names come to mind; J.J. Johnson, Steve Turre, or maybe Bill Watrous. Soon jazz fans will be praising the slide horn of Rick Simerly.” The International Trombone Association Journal wrote “Rick leaves no doubt about his mastery… Rick is 'scary!'”

PERFORMANCE

Concerts are performed at 6 and 8:15 p.m. with no intermissions. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. concert and 7:45 p.m. for the 8:15 p.m. concert. General seating is first come, first served. Enjoy light bites and a cash-only bar. Standing room only is available after all seats are claimed.

TICKETS

Tickets are $14 for the public and $8 for museum members. online online, by phone at 704.353.9200 or at the admission desk. View the full 2016-'17 Jazz at the Bechtler lineup here.

Image: Rick Simerly. Photo courtesy of ricksimerly.com

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