"Jazz It Up" with The Selim Center

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Event Information:  Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Anderson Student Center, Woulfe-North (3rd Floor), UST St. Paul Campus

Featured Musical Artists:  Saxophonist Mr. Steve Cole and Bassist Ms. Joan Griffith

Join the Center as we conclude the celebration of our 40th anniversary year with an evening of jazz and conversation from two of the "greats" in the business.  Saxophonist Steve Cole and Bassist Joan Griffith will be joined by a small combo for a "jazz club night", complete with complimentary snack foods and punch, a complimentary first drink, as well as a cash bar for your enjoyment throughout the event.  The night will include UST jazz students as the "warm up" act for our featured artists.

Cost:  $25.00 per person

Registration Deadline:  April 3, 2014

Profiles of the Featured Musical Artists:

Steve Cole, UST Department of Music (Music Business, Recording Arts, Popular Music, Saxophone):  A native of Chicago, Illinois, Steve Cole attended Northwestern University, where he explored modern classical music for saxophone under the tutelage of Dr. Fredrick Hemke, and business at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business where he earned his MBA.  Initially classically trained, Steve was a Young Arts prize winner, and had the honor of performing as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of 18.  Before focusing on his music career, Steve worked in consulting and strategy development with Bain & Company, and Baxter International, and served as Director of Finance and Administration for the Sherwood Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois.

Cole's artist career began in earnest in 1998 when he was signed to Atlantic Records.  On his six subsequent major label releases (Atlantic, Warner Brothers, EMI/Blue Note) he has posted five #1 national radio hits, sold hundreds of thousands of albums, received the prestigious Prism award for best new artists, and has been featured in numerous publications including Alternative Press, Jazz Times, Radio & Records, and Billboard magazine.  In addition to his work as solo artist, Steve has performed, and or recorded, with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Boz Scaggs, Larry Carlton, Jeff Lorber, Jim Peterik, Freddie Cole, Cyrus Chestnut, KMFDM, as has been a featured soloist with the City of Prague Orchestra, and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Before joining the faculty of the University of St. Thomas, Steve held the position of Assistant Professor of Arts, Entertainment, & Media Management at Columbia College-Chicago where he was the head of the Music Business program, and Chair of the Music Business Division at the McNally Smith College of Music.  An accomplished musician, writer, producer, and eduator, Steve maintains a rigorous international touring schedule, is a sought after lecturer and clinician, and serves on the Board of Governors of the Mid-West chapter of The Recording Academy.

Joan Griffith, UST Department of Music (Guitar Ensemble, Double Bass, Guitar):  Joan Griffith is known in the Midwest as a teacher, performer and composer.  She has toured and recorded extensively as a classical and jazz guitarist, a bassist and a mandolinist.  The 2011 CD "A Girl Named Vincent" with Prudence Johnson, the 2008 jazz CD "Sambonova" with pianist Laura Caviani, her 2009 CD "Alma Brasileira" with recorder player Cleo Galhano, and CD "Enter You, Enter Love" with Lucia Newell feature many of her own compositions.  "Enter You, Enter Love" was chosen as one of the top ten best recordings for 1996 by jazz radio station KBEM.  Her choral composition "Sweet Noel" won the 1998 Christmas Carol Contest sponsored by the American Composer's Forum and Vocalessence.  Her performances on mandolin include the Minnesota Orchestra's recording of Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" and as soloist with the South Dakota Symphony on their premiere recording "Journey to the Badlands".  Her mandolin and bass playing can be heard on the many recordings of singer/songwriter Ann Reed.  She teaches jazz improvisation, guitar, bass and mandolin at the University of St. Thomas and Macalester College.  She is also a roster artist in jazz for COMPAS, the Minnesota State Arts Board and Young Audiences.