Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 30, 2003

Deidre Rodman Quintet to Perform at Whitworth

The Deidre Rodman Quintet, an improvisational jazz group based in New York City, will perform on Monday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall at Whitworth College. Admission is free. Please call (509) 777-3280 for more information.

Forging new roads in improvisation since 1998, the quintet is composed of Deidre Rodman on piano/melodica, Tony Malaby on tenor/soprano saxophones, Russ Johnson on trumpet, Bob Bowen on bass, and Mark Ferber on drums. The quintet's latest album, "Simple Stories," a follow-up to their debut release, "Sun Is Us," is a fresh blend of freely improvised sections, vocals and melodica. This marks the group's second tour to the Northwest.

Born in Boise, Idaho, Rodman holds a bachelor's degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Brigham Young University and a master's degree in jazz studies from North Texas State. Now living in New York City, Rodman performs and composes for a variety of groups and projects, including her own jazz quintet, an all-female quartet known as the Lascivious Biddies, and the Raymond Scott Orchestra. Rodman has also performed with Debbie Harvey, Elvis Costello and Luciana Souza, among others. Her work as the musical director for Daydream: Variations on Strayhorn, which debuted at the Lincoln Center in 2001, led to a Bistro 2002 Award for Recording of the Year for the accompanying album.

Saxophonist Malaby's debut album, "Sabino," made The New York Times' and the Philadelphia City Paper's top 10 jazz lists in 2000. Quickly becoming one of the most sought-after trumpeters in New York, Russ Johnson also co-leads The Other Quartet. Mark Ferber is a freelance drummer and is also a part-time faculty member for the music department at UCLA and the School of Improvised Music, in New York.

Bob Bowen, a New York City bassist, has performed a wide range of styles from West-African high-life bands, salsa, bluegrass, rock, funk, big band, experimental jazz groups and symphony orchestras. He also co-leads the MOB Trio, is the director of the Queens College CSPM jazz program, and holds a master's degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music.


Dan Keberle, department chair of music, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4582 or dkeberle@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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