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22nd annual Idaho State University Jazz Fest set Feb. 6

Posted January 14, 2010

The 22nd annual Idaho State University Jazz Fest will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, in Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall, which is located in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center on the Idaho State University campus.

Tickets for this 7:30 p.m. concert, featuring the ISU Jazz I Big Band and guest soloist Andy Martin, are $10 for general public, $5 for ISU faculty and staff, $3 for pre-college students, and free to all ISU students. Daytime events are open and free to all.

Andy Martin This year’s Jazz Fest clinician and guest soloist is trombonist Andy Martin. He has long been one of Los Angeles’s first-call trombonists for commercial recordings, television and motion pictures, and live theater.  He has contributed on albums for many popular artists, including the Pussycat Dolls, Coldplay, and Michael Buble.  His television credits include nearly every major awards show including the Grammys, the Emmys, the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.  He has also appeared regularly on the soundtracks of hit TV shows like “American Idol,” “Dancing With The Stars,” “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” “King of the Hill” and the new series “Invasion.”

A world-class jazz musician, Martin has already released eight albums as either leader, or co-leader.  These albums showcase his dazzling improvisation alongside other top jazz artists such as the late Carl Fontana, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, and Eric Marienthal. 

From 9 a.m. to 5p.m. Feb. 6 the Fest will host performances of area high school jazz bands, including groups from Pocatello, Blackfoot, American Falls and Idaho Falls. Martin will be giving a clinic at 1 p.m.. All events will be held in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall.