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Friday, August 5, 2016 – 7:30pm to 10:00pm
On Friday, August 5, 2016, the Southwest Virginia Community College Jazz Combo, Dr. Joseph Trivette, conductor, will be joined by Guest Artist Extraordinaire, Rich Willey on trumpet to present an evening of dance and listening music. The range of selections will include: big band standards like “Jump, Jive, and Wail,” the beach-music classic “Under the Boardwalk,” rock favorite “Old Time Rock and Roll,” and often-requested “Tennessee Waltz.”
Joseph Trivette, Artistic Director
Joseph Trivette is the holder of the Albert Endowed Chair of Music at Southwest Virginia Community College. Trivette received his Ph.D. in Music Education through Florida State University. He is also a graduate of Appalachian State University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Performance as well as a Master’s degree in Piano Performance. Trivette teaches music theory, music history, music appreciation, class piano, piano and instrumental lessons, and jazz improvisation. Ensembles under Trivette’s direction include the SWCC Jazz Ensemble/Combo, the SWCC Community Chorus, SWCC Jazz Vocal Ensemble, and Southwest Virginia Children’s Choir. Under Trivette’s leadership, the Jazz Ensemble has become an extremely active element of the SWCC Music Program. They have performed by invitation as the feature band for the Virginia Highlands Festival in Abingdon, have participated in UNCW Jazzfest in Wilmington, NC, and in a clinic at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, and they perform each month at Heartwood, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. The SWCC Community Chorus has sung by invitation at Duke Chapel, the National Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Atlanta’s Turner Field, and in the National Memorial Day Choral Celebration at the Kennedy Center. The Southwest Virginia Children’s Choir has twice been honored by invitation to sing at the Virginia Music Educators’ Association Conference, Duke Chapel, and Atlanta’s Turner Field. Trivette also founded The Wells Fargo Honors Jazz Band comprised of high school and college students from all over Southwest Virginia. Other successes of the Music Program under Trivette’s direction include an annual Band Day and Chamber Music Institute.
Rich Willey, Trumpet Guest Artist
A Florida native, Rich was active on the New York scene from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, handling a wide range of Latin and Jazz gigs, most notably backing up legendary vocalist Mel Tormé. He returned to Florida for a spell, where he continued his musical studies, founded the Gulf Coast Jazz Society in Dunedin, and performed regularly in the Greater Tampa Bay area. He is the author of I’d Rather Be Boppin’ – 24 Jazz Duets, Volumes 1, 2, & 3. Rich returned to NYC in 1999, enrolling in the Masters in Jazz Performance program at the renowned Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Byron Stripling and Mike Abene. He earned his Master’s Degree in May 2001 and spent the fall of that year on tour playing second trumpet – the challenging “jazz chair” – with trumpet giant Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau.
History of SWCC Jazz Combo
SWCC Jazz Ensemble is an extremely active element of the SWCC Music Program. The Ensemble rehearses weekly throughout fall and spring semesters and performs community functions in the summer. In 2009 they performed by invitation as the feature band for the Virginia Highlands Festival in Abingdon. In 2011 they were invited to participate in UNCW Jazzfest in Wilmington, NC, and in 2012 and in 2015 they participated in a clinic at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. The Jazz Ensemble currently performs monthly at Heartwood, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway and regularly at numerous private and public events and venues throughout Southwest Virginia.