MISSOULA – Celebrated jazz musician Benny Green will kick off the University of Montana’s Jazz Artist Series with a solo piano concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at UM’s Music Recital Hall.
“A veteran of some of the most influential jazz artists including Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Ray Brown and Jeff Hamilton, to name a few, Green is arguably the most in-demand jazz pianist performing today,” said Rob Tapper, director of UM jazz studies.
Hailed as perhaps the most exciting hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist ever to emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Green possesses the history of jazz at his fingertips. Green’s talents are a combination of his mastery of keyboard technique with decades of real-world experience playing with the most celebrated artists of the past half century.
Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. They can be purchased at the UMArts Box Office by calling 406-243-4581 or online at http://www.umt.edu/griztix/.
New for 2015-16, the UM Jazz Artist Series includes the Fourth Annual Holiday Swing “White Christmas” featuring Eden Atwood at the Missoula Winery in December, The Jeff Hamilton Trio in February, and UM’s 36th Annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival in March, with performances from the jazz greats of today.