Headliner: Andy Middleton
Wed, April 172019-04-17|UCO - Jazz Lab
W/ The Edmond Jazz Orchestra
$20 Adult ·$5 Student ·
Doors at 7pm · Tickets Available Online · or by calling 974-2100Join the Edmond Jazz Orchestra as they welcome headliner Andy Middleton. Andy Middleton is one of the very top-tier saxophonists living in Europe today. Imaginative and adventurous virtuosity spans an incredibly wide breadth of expression -- from fierce power to tender warmth, lyrical yet rhythmically driving, masterful and inspired. His compositions, harmonically modern and melodic yet clearly rooted in the jazz tradition, provide the perfect setting. This unique voice as a player, arranger and composer has led jazz icons such as Ralph Towner, Kenny Wheeler and David Holland to collaborate with him. He has also performed and recorded with a long list of artists including Billy Hart, Maria Schneider, Richie Beirach, Renee Rosnes, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Bill Evans, Lionel Hampton, Bob Mintzer, Joey Calderazzo, John Abercrombie, Steve Rodby, Scott Colley and Adam Nussbaum.
Born in Harrisburg, PA, Andy received his masters degree in composition at the University of Miami. After nearly 20 years in the New York jazz scene, he relocated to Vienna, Austria in 2006, where he is Professor of Jazz Composition, Jazz Theory and Jazz Saxophone at the University for Music and Art of the City of Vienna.The Edmond Jazz Orchestra (EJO) is a traditional 20 piece Big Band comprised primarily of UCO graduates, professors, and students. The band has performed with numerous headliners including Bill Watrous, Dan Miller, and Phil Woods. From the traditional Big Band music of the 1930s and 40s to the Avant-Guard compositions of today, the EJO strives to accurately represent the music practices of the past, present, and future of Jazz Music.