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2002 Duke Jazz Festival Schedule

Next Performance:
8pm Friday,
April 18th, 2003
Chevy Chase, piano

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Recent Duke Jazz News

Lionel Hampton The Duke Jazz Ensemble would like to honor the legendary vibraphonist, composer, and band leader Lionel Hampton, who passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2002. Throughout his long musical career, Lionel led one of the most successful bands in jazz history. The Duke Jazz Ensemble extends particular thanks and gratitude to Lionel for his donation of $10,000 to the program when Paul Jeffrey founded the Duke Jazz Series 20 years ago. Lionel was a beautiful musician and person, and was particularly committed to jazz education. His legacy lives on through his hundreds of audio recordings, compositions, and arrangements.

Jeremy Jones, drummer and Duke '02 graduate, was selected from a national applicant pool as a member of the 2002 Telluride All-Stars. The group performed Aug. 1-4 at the Telluride Jazz Festival, which featured artists such as Jon Hendricks and Christian McBride.

On February 27, 2002, Sonny Rollins was named a winner in the 44th Grammy Awards. He received the award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group for his album This is What I Do. The album was released in October 2000.
On the weekend of October 14, 2000, Professor Paul Jeffrey was in Italy for the opening of a new jazz school bearing his name. The school is in Carcare and is under the direction of vocalist Danila Satragno. This is the third school in Italy named after Professor Jeffrey.

sonny rollins Sonny Rollins was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Duke University at graduation exercises, spring 1999. His honors include a Guggenheim fellowship and many awards from the music industry in the United States and France. He made concert appearances at Duke in 1985 and 1996. The Duke Jazz Series is in honor of Sonny Rollins, the greatest living tenor saxophonist in the jazz idiom.

The jazz school of canto in Cairo Montenotte, Italy, was recently named for Paul Jeffrey - "Centro Musica / Paul Jeffrey." This voice school is directed by Ms. Danila Satragno, who performed with Jeb Patton at the 1999 Parent's Weekend Duke Jazz Ensemble concert.

Geoff Burke, saxophonist and Duke '99 graduate, is working with Harry Connick Jr. and his big band. He is playing lead alto saxophone and doing Finale sequencing for the band, which will be touring the United States and Europe.

Jeb Patton, pianist and Duke '96 graduate, is currently working with the Heath brothers and can be heard on their new album, Jazz Family, on the Concord Jazz label.

Todd Bashore, saxophonist and Duke '95 graduate, is performing with the Chico O'Farrill Orchestra and the Toshiko Akiyoshi Orchestra, as well as working as an archivist at Lincoln Center in New York City.