Grammy Award-nominated jazz sax phenom Chris Potter headlines 41st Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival February 23
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Date Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Topic: Grammy Award-nominated jazz sax phenom Chris Potter headlines 41st Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival February 23
Grammy Award-nominated and internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Chris Potter headlines the 41st Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival.

The festival will also feature percussionist Jamey Haddad along with pianist Leo Blanco and bassist Roberto Occhipinti on Friday, February 22, and a big band matinee with the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra and the Cleveland State University Jazz Ensemble on Sunday, February 24.

This annual event is also a highlight for the jazz education community in Northeast Ohio and features area middle school, high school and college jazz ensembles.

All performances are held in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Lakeland Performing Arts Center, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, 44094. For tickets and information, call 440-525-7134 or e-mail artsatlakeland@lakelandcc.edu .

Lakeland's 41st Annual Jazz Festival event schedule:


Friday, February 22

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. High School Performances and Adjudication

Adjudicators include: David Morgan, Youngstown State University; John Perrine, Cleveland State University (CSU); Scott Garlock, Ashland University; Rock Wehrmann University of Akron/CSU; and Steve Enos, Cuyahoga Community College.

8 p.m. Concert: Jamey Haddad All-Star Trio featuring Leo Blanco on piano and Roberto Occhipinti on bass
Tickets are $15 per adult, $10 students


Renowned jazz percussionist, composer, music professor and native Clevelander Jamey Haddad has worked with and performed with many musicians including Simon and Garfunkel, Yo Yo Ma, and Carly Simon. The evening will also feature pianist Leo Blanco from Boston and jazz bassist out of Toronto, Roberto Occhipinti. Blanco is originally from Venezuela and is currently a professor at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Occhipinti has performed with both jazz and classical orchestras but eventually made his way to Latin music. He wrote the score for the Canadian children’s series “George Shrinks” which earned him a SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) composer’s award.

Saturday, February 23
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
High School Performances and Adjudication


Adjudicators include: David Morgan, Youngstown State University; John Perrine, Cleveland State University (CSU); Scott Garlock, Ashland University; Rock Wehrmann University of Akron/CSU; and Steve Enos, Cuyahoga Community College.

4:30-5:30 p.m. Clinic with Chris Potter
Chris Potter will hold a free clinic to share knowledge and expertise of jazz with amateur and professional saxophonists. Free and open to the public.

8 p.m. Headline Concert: Chris Potter Quartet
Tickets are $25 per adult, $15 students

Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist and composer Chris Potter, takes the stage alongside David Virelles (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass), and Eric Harland (drums).

Potter is a world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader. Jazz magazine Down Beat has called him “one of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” and Jazz Times has pegged him as “a figure of international renown.” He is the youngest musician to win Denmark’s prestigious Jazzpar Prize. Potters’ impressive discography includes 15 albums and a leader, and as a sideman on over 100 albums. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his solo work on “In Vogue,” a track from Joanne Brackeen’s 1999 album “Pink Elephant Magic.” Potter was also prominently featured on Steely Dan’s Grammy-winning album “Two Against Nature” in 2000. He has performed or recorded with leading jazz artists such as Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, and Ray Brown.

His upcoming album “The Sirens” is slated for release on January 29.

Sunday, February 24
4 p.m. Big Band Matinee with
The Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra & The Cleveland State University Jazz Ensemble led by John Perrine
Tickets are $10 per adult, $7 students

The Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Dave Sterner and will feature music from Thad Jones, Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, and Stan Kenton. The Cleveland State University Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of John Perrine and will feature music from composers and arrangers such as Victor Lopez, Russ Ferrante & Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Bill Dobbins, and Wayne Shorter.

About the Lakeland Jazz Festival
The Lakeland Jazz Festival was founded by retired Professor and Music Department Coordinator Charles M. Frank.

Lakeland's Jazz Festival has remained true to its original mission of instilling the excitement and magic of jazz education to the younger generation of musicians.

Over 25,000 middle and high school musicians from throughout the state have participated in the festival in celebration of this uniquely American art form, jazz. In addition, Lakeland promotes music education with its summer jazz camps every year.

The 41st Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival, a presentation of the Arts & Humanities Division, and is sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors, The Lake County Visitors Bureau, Lake National Bank, Pfabe’s Music, Stebal Drums, Arrowhead Music and Berklee College of Music.