San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Jack Petersen - Stan Sorensen Alliance (Jack Petersen - guitar, Stan Sorenson - guitar, Ted Sistrunk - bass, Ryan Anthony - drums) present "Guitars for Christmas". A delightful mix of Christmas and Jazz tunes for your holiday season.
Jack Petersen is a jazz guitarist, pianist, composer, arranger, music publisher, music clinician, and renowned pioneer in jazz education who revolutionized guitar education. He was a pedagogical architect for jazz guitar and jazz improvisation at three institutions of higher learning: He was the first full-time jazz guitar teacher at the Berklee College of Music (1962-65 – Inaugural Chair, Guitar Department); a longstanding and influential jazz guitar artist in residence at the University of North Texas College of Music (1976-88 – Resident Artist, Jazz Guitar, Improv); and, joining his close colleague, Rich Matteson, who was recruited from North Texas to build a new program at the University of North Florida focusing on jazz, Petersen built a jazz guitar program (1988–1995; fully retiring 1999 – Resident Artist and Associate Professor). Jack now lives in Prescott, Az and performs in Arizona and throughout the United States.
Inspired by a Herb Ellis recording his parents owned, Stan Sorenson began guitar lessons at the age of eight. After seven years of private lessons, he began his professional career performing on the guitar in an accordion-based pop/polka band. Then came an all-original jazz/rock band. Two years later, Stan enrolled at the Phoenix College School of Music to explore and further his music skills. At Phoenix College, Stan studied classical and jazz guitar, along with composition, theory, acoustics, photography and other related art and music fields. Stan pursued his degree in Jazz Performance at Arizona State University. He received private lessons from several internationally renowned jazz guitarists including Joe Pass, Gene Bertoncini, and Joe Dorio. Stan has performed locally and internationally, working with such greats as Nancy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone, Jeffrey Osborne, The Fifth Dimension, Jimmy Smith, George Benson, Joey DeFrancesco and many others. Stan’s various jazz ensembles have performed at numerous festivals and have opened for Ella Fitzgerald, Burt Bacharach, David Benoit, Ray Charles and others throughout his career. Stan has also played with the Phoenix Symphony and orchestras for many Broadway style musicals including Zorba the Greek (starring Anthony Quinn), Annie, 42ond Street, A Chorus Line, Aida and Hairspray.
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Jazz in Arizona
Jazz in Arizona (Jazz in AZ) is committed to the presentation of LIVE JAZZ -- America's original art form -- and to cultivating future jazz musicians, educators and audiences through education, scholarship and community outreach programs.