Interactive Jazz Panel Discussion Planned at Jazz at Newport Oct. 1
Jazz at Newport invites the public to an interactive question-and-answer session about jazz, jazz artists, the future of the music and all the things you always wanted to know about our favorite American art form! The panel will feature Jazz at Newport Music Director and renowned jazz flutist Holly Hofmann, bassist and jazz vocalist Kristin Korb, drummer Jeff Hamilton, and trumpeter Terell Stafford, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive in Newport. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
Renowned jazz flutist and Jazz at Newport Music Director Holly Hofmann is the panel moderator. Taking the flute out of its stereotypical role has been her main objective during a career that has taken her all over the world. When Holly isn’t touring the globe she makes her home in San Diego, Calif. where she’s enjoyed a long association with pianist Mike Wofford and bassist Bob Magnusson. She has nine critically-acclaimed recordings as a leader and co-leads the sextet Flutology, featuring fellow flutists Frank Wess and Ali Ryerson, with Mike Wofford, Peter Washington and Ben Riley.
Richmond, Indiana-born Jeff Hamilton grew up with jazz, and has received rave reviews for his dynamic drumming. Among many other achievements, he appeared in Oscar Peterson’s documentary, “Life in the Key of Oscar.” He is the co-leader of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
Kristin Korb is not just a singing bassist. She is a premier singer with a personal approach and a deep sense of swing. Her bass playing is strong and equally swinging. She’s received critical acclaim for her arrangements of jazz standards both in performance and on recordings.
Hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner, Terell Stafford currently holds the positions of professor of music and director of jazz studies at Temple University. He has also served as a member of the faculty for the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies in New York.