Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Oct. 9, 2008

Up-and-Coming Artists from New York City to Perform Nov. 8 with Whitworth Jazz Ensemble

Trombonist Ryan Keberle and saxophonist and flautist Erica vonKleist, both rising stars in the New York jazz scene, will perform in concert with the award-winning Whitworth Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth University. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 for Whitworth students. For tickets, call TicketsWest at (509) 325-7328 or purchase online at www.whitworth.edu/musictickets or www.ticketswest.com.Tickets also can be purchased at the Whitworth Information Desk in the Hixson Union Building and at the door the evening of the concert.

"This year, instead of bringing to the Whitworth campus an established veteran jazz artist like we have done for the past 19 years, we're bringing in two of the top jazz instrumentalists in New York, who are still in their twenties," says Dan Keberle, professor of music and director of jazz studies and the jazz ensemble at Whitworth. "Even at a young age, Ryan and Erica have established themselves as two of the busiest musicians in New York City."

vonKleist has been a member of the acclaimed Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra since 2003. She has been commissioned to write for the band, and has toured the U.S., Europe and China. She has composed music for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and her compositions have been performed internationally. In 2005, she was invited to be the flautist with Chris Potter's tentet; she also has performed with Wynton Marsalis' sextet.

vonKleist studied at the Manhattan School of Music and received the first B.A. in jazz to be offered by The Juilliard School. She released her debut CD, Project E, in 2006, and is currently working on her second album. vonKleist has led clinics and workshops at schools worldwide, and has helped create the Middle School Jazz Academy at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance in Brooklyn. For more information on vonKleist, please visit www.ericavonkleist.com.

Ryan Keberle, a native of Spokane, Wash., plays a variety of styles including all genres of jazz, avant-garde, Latin, classical and rock. In New York City, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, Birdland and the Bowery Ballroom. He also has toured across the U.S. and in Scandinavia, Italy, Ireland, Russia, China, Brazil, Argentina and Australia.

Keberle recently performed with the "Saturday Night Live" band and was among 10 finalists for the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trombone Competition. He's a regular member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra and 15 other New York City-based ensembles, and has performed or recorded with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Slide Hampton, the late Percy Heath, Eric Reed, Ivan Lins and Alicia Keys, among others. He's also a regular trombonist for the Broadway musical In the Heights.

In April 2007, Keberle release his debut CD Ryan Keberle Double Quartet. The album was hailed as an "auspicious debut" by The New York Times, and All About Jazz called it "an outstanding debut from a hot, new voice on the jazz scene."

Keberle graduated in 2001 from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with critically-acclaimed trombonist Steve Turre and composers such as the late Manny Album. He then studied with Wycliffe Gordon and David Berger as part of The Juilliard School's Institute for Jazz Studies and was a member of Jazz at Juilliard's first graduating class in 2003. For more information on Keberle, please visit www.ryankeberle.com.

The Whitworth Jazz Ensemble performed at the 2008 Washington Music Educators All State Conference and won first place at the 2008 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival; the ensemble has won first place seven times since 1994.The 18-piece ensemble performs several concerts each year on campus, as well as at jazz festivals, in public schools, at civic events, and on annual tours throughout the United States. Last January, the ensemble traveled for the seventh time to Rome, Italy, for several performances with leading Italian jazz artists. In January 2006 the ensemble traveled to Sao Paolo and Salvador, Brazil, for concerts at two music festivals. In 2004 they traveled to Rome, followed by a performance trip to Hawaii. Other performance residencies in previous years have included trips to Havana, Cuba, two trips to Munich, five others to Rome, and nine performances in Australia, at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and in the surrounding area.

In recent years the jazz ensemble has performed in concert at Whitworth with guest artists including Terence Blanchard, Bob Mintzer, Joe Lovano, Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, Kenny Garrett, Phil Woods and Gene Harris. The ensemble has produced eight CDs; the most recent is Travelin' Light, released in 2008. For more information on the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble, please visit www.whitworth.edu/jazz.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Joan Lack or Loree Swegle, program assistants, music department, Whitworth University (509) 777-3280, or jlack@whitworth.edu or lswegle@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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