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FMU Jazz Express to perform in concert, April 6

            FLORENCE, S.C – Francis Marion University’s Jazz Express will perform in concert, Thursday, April 6, with visiting artist Berke McKelvey.

            The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the McNair Science Building auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

            The program will be selected from 10 numbers including “Have You Met Miss Jones,” “Harlem Nocturne,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” and “Amazing Grace/Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.”

            The group is directed by FMU professor of music Craig Alberty.

            McKelvey is currently an associate professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He teaches in the ear training department, harmony department, and the summer performance program. The latter includes the Berklee Saxophone Weekend, Guitar Sessions, World Percussion Festival, and the five-week Summer Performance Program.

            McKelvey also maintains an active performing and conducting schedule in his home area on Cape Cod. He conducts the Barnstable Town Band, plays lead alto with the Cape Cod Conservatory Jazz Ensemble, plays tenor sax in Pocket Full of Soul (a local R&B band), and freelances in a variety of other musical settings. His most unusual regular chair is performing as laptop computer player in a free jazz group made up of Berklee faculty called Moksha.

            He has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Opera Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and for Disneyland. Recordings include work for Buena Vista Records, Daybreak (RCA) and MCA/Curb. McKelvey has also recorded music for Sesame Street and Captain Kangaroo.

            His formal study includes degrees from the Berklee College of Music, Principia College, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of California at San Diego.

            Members of Jazz Express, by hometown, are:

Florence: John Propst (bass), Michael Griffin (drum set), Rod Brown (tenor saxophone)

Latta: Rachel Corbett (piano)

Sumter: Brian Bieger (guitar)

#160 / 3-29-06

Last Published: February 14, 2007 10:52 AM
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