The Anderson Twins with The University of Scranton Jazz Band

10/27/2014

Twin woodwind virtuosi Peter (left) and Will Reardon Anderson will join The University of Scranton Jazz Ensemble for a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, in the University’s Houlihan McLean Center.

Renowned young woodwind virtuosi Peter and Will Reardon Anderson will join The University of Scranton Jazz Ensemble as their guest soloists for a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, in the University’s Houlihan McLean Center. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

The program will include a new work composed by the Andersons, entitled “Fox in the Sauerkraut,” written for five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, and rhythm section with two woodwind soloists.

The Andersons will also offer a free masterclass for woodwind players on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Interested saxophone, clarinet, and flute players can obtain more information on registration for and participation in the masterclass by emailing music@scranton.edu or calling (570) 941-7624.

Called “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” by The New York Times, the Andersons are one of the most extraordinary duos performing in jazz today. At age 15 the twins toured the United Kingdom, playing traditional jazz, swing and bebop. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, they were mentored by Texas-native saxophonist Paul Carr, before attending The Juilliard School. Both graduates of Juilliard, they reside in New York City and tour throughout the world. Their expertise has made them saxophonists of choice for Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Wycliffe Gordon and the Village Vanguard Orchestra. 

They have headlined at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Sarasota Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s Jazz Corner, the Triple Door in Seattle, Iowa’s Bix Beiderbecke Festival, the Central Illinois Jazz Festival, Pennsylvania’s Deer Head Inn, Long Island’s Guild Hall and Michigan State University.  They’ve led several month-long running jazz concerts at 59E59 Theaters; “Artie Shaw at 100,” “The Fabulous Dorseys” and “Le Jazz Hot,” which broke box-office sales records and was nominated for a 2014 Drama Desk award.

Peter and Will released The Music of the Soprano Masters in 2013, featuring Bob Wilber. Correspondence, their debut recording, features Kenny Barron, and was listed by Vanity Fair magazine in “Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz.”  Most Recently, they were featured on JAZZIZ Magazine’s Winter 2014 CD Soundtrack. They will perform alongside Lou Donaldson at “Highlights in Jazz,” March 19, 2015, at Tribeca PAC.  Featuring guitarist Alex Wintz, the Anderson’s Trio will tour the Southern U.S. Feb. 7 through Feb. 27, 2015, and recently released Reed Reflections, which The Washington Post called “imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz tunes.”

The University of Scranton Jazz Band is a 25 member ensemble of big band style instrumentation, made up of University of Scranton student musicians from majors spanning the curriculum. They perform five or more times per year, and the majority of their performances are open to the public, free of admission charge, and often feature a nationally or internationally renowned guest soloist.

For additional information about the event, email music@scranton.edu, or visit www.scranton.edu/music.

 

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