2014 Jazz Festival to feature Guest Artist Steve Fidyk

Date Posted: December 18, 2013

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On January 18-19, 2014, Milwaukee's native son and famous jazz artist Woody Herman will be celebrated as part of Wisconsin Lutheran College's annual Jazz Festival. The weekend's events will feature the artistry of guest soloist and head clinician Steve Fidyk, a jazz drummer and member of the U.S. Army Blues jazz ensemble.

On Saturday, January 18, five high school jazz ensembles and a high school "honors" jazz ensemble will present a concert at 7:00 p.m. Free general admission tickets are available from the WLC Box Office, and a free-will offering will be taken.

Schools participating in the 2014 Jazz Festival are Cedarburg High School, Hartford Union High School, Mukwonago High School, St. Croix (Minnesota) Lutheran High School, and Wisconsin Lutheran High School. The high school ensembles will take part in performance clinics and master classes, with professional musicians serving as clinicians.

On Sunday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m., a "Woody Herman Remembered" concert will be presented by the Wisconsin Lutheran College Jazz Band and Waukesha's Jazz Express. Tickets for Sunday's concert are $7 and are available from the WLC Box Office.

Both concerts will take place in Wisconsin Lutheran College's Center for Arts & Performance - Schwan Concert Hall, 8815 W. Wisconsin Avenue. 

Call the Box Office at 414.443.8802 for tickets.

For further information about the Jazz Festival, contact Prof. Terry S. Treuden, Wisconsin Lutheran College Director of Instrumental Music, at 414.443.8624.

About "Woody Herman Remembered"
The "Woody Herman Remembered" celebration has been created in recognition of Woody Herman's life and legacy as a "big band" leader, who is known for his inspirational leadership to generations of jazz musicians, for his dedication to jazz in the education of school and collegiate students, and for the jazz scholarship he established in 1976 for talented Wisconsin high school jazz musicians.

About Guest Artist Steve Fidyk
Jazz drummer, author, and columnist Steve Fidyk has earned national and international acclaim as an artist. He is a member of the U.S. Army Blues jazz ensemble, leads his own quintet The Parlour Project, and freelances with vocalist Maureen McGovern.

2014 Jazz Festival-FidykFidyk has performed and recorded with Wayne Bergeron, John Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Tim Hagans, Slide Hampton, Sean Jones, Brian Lynch, Maureen McGovern, James Moody, New York Voices, Dick Oates, Arturo Sandoval, Doc Severinsen, Terell Stafford, and Tim Warfield. With Maureen McGovern, he has performed with orchestras throughout the country including The Cincinnati Pops, Spokane Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Plano Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Buffalo Philharmonic, The Richmond Symphony, and the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon Big Band. His discography as a co-leader includes: Big Kids (U.S. Roots), A Perfect Match (Write Groove), and Live at Blues Alley (OA2).

A committed educator, Fidyk is a member of the Jazz Studies faculty at Temple University and a consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington Program. He has authored several drum methods, including The Drum Set SMART Book, Jazz Drum Set Independence 3/4, 4/4, and 5/4 Time Signatures, Inside the Big Band Drum Chart, Modern Drum Method Grade 1, Modern Drum Method Grade 2, and two instructional DVDs - Set Up and Play! featuring his son Tony, and Modern Drum Method Grades 1-3 (Mel Bay). His latest book, Big Band Drumming At First Sight (Alfred), provides detailed information to help students with their drum set sight-reading skills.

As a columnist, he contributes on a regular basis to "Jazz Drummer's Workshop" (Modern Drummer Magazine) and "Percussion Workshop" (Teaching Music).