Fondazione Siena Jazz presenta:
Master Class di
Bobby Ferrazza & Oberlin Jazz Outreach
JAKE SILVERMAN, PIANO
A student of piano since age six, Jake Silverman has blossomed into a young veteran on the jazz club circuit around his hometown in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area. Before beginning his education at Oberlin Conservatory, Silverman attended jazz programs at two of the world’s most distinguished music schools—the Eastman School of Music and the Peabody Institute—and performed in their venerable concert venues: Kilbourn Hall at Eastman and Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall at Peabody. Silverman was named a Distinguished Scholar in the Arts by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and was selected as the pianist in Maryland’s High School All State Jazz Ensemble for two straight years. A senior at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Jake studies jazz piano and organ with Associate Professor Dan Wall. He has performed with the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble and serves as a mentor to other students on campus.
EVAN LEVINE, BASS
Bassist Evan Levine earned his first taste of life on tour as a member of American Music Abroad, an exclusive program for high school performers that resulted in a month-long tour of France, Germany, Belgium, and other European locales. Back home in his native New Jersey, Levine was a member of the acclaimed jazz band the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Moonglowers, which was named the top jazz ensemble in the state three years in a row by the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education. He has performed in jazz clubs including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and Cleopatra’s Needle in New York City, as well as in venues in New Jersey and Cleveland. He has appeared with Grammy-winning trumpet and keyboard player Nicholas Payton and legendary saxophone player and flutist Dave Liebman, among other influential musicians. He is a senior Jazz Studies major at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studies under bass professor Peter Dominguez and has performed as a member of the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble.
MILES LABAT, PERCUSSION
Percussionist Miles Labat was steeped in the jazz of his native New Orleans,Louisiana, at an early age. While in high school, he focused on jazz studies at the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, working alongside the region’s jazz greats, including avant-garde clarinetist Alvin Batiste, composer and pianist Michael Pellera, and percussionist Jason Marsalis, a member of New Orleans jazz royalty. A Jazz Studies major at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Labat is a student of renowned jazz percussionist Billy Hart and has performed with the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble. He continues to be involved extensively in the music scene of New Orleans, where he has played with jazz pianists Ellis Marsalis and Jesse McBride, and trombonist and record producer Delfeayo Marsalis. He is a veteran of such fabled venues as Snug Harbor, Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, and the Ritz-Carlton of New Orleans—the home venue of acclaimed trumpeter Jeremy Davenport.
BOBBY FERRAZZA, JAZZ GUITAR
“…Ferrazza works in a personalized mainstream jazz-guitar tradition that shows he has done his homework, but has his own ideas as well … a fat-bodied guitar tone and a satchel of clean but probing lines.” — Downbeat Bob Ferrazza was born in Cleveland, Ohio and began studying the guitar at fifteen years of age after having developed a passion for music from listening to rock and the popular music of the time. Very shortly after picking up the guitar, Ferrazza’s interests branched out dramatically into many diverse forms of music including classical, blues, ragtime, bluegrass and others. But it wasn’t until he heard a George Benson record that Ferrazza started to concentrate his efforts on jazz, an entirely new genre to him. Inside of his first year on the guitar, Ferrazza sought out jazz guitar legend Bill deArango for lessons. DeArango had been a jazz star in the 1940s, having played with all of the greats of those days: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Ben Webster and many others. The lessons with deArango were extremely formative for Ferrazza who went on to study music at the Cleveland State University. Other lessons followed with jazz guitar greats such as Joe Pass and Pat Martino. Having been a professional musician for over 25 years, Ferrazza has performed all over the United States and beyond, including such places as Japan and Europe, concertizing with some of the most celebrated musicians in the world, including: Donald Byrd, Joey DeFrancesco, Joe Lovano, Stevie Wonder, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, J.J. Johnson, Slide Hampton, Curtis Fuller, Billy Hart, Robin Eubanks, Gary Bartz, Dan Wall, Marcus Belgrave, Clark Terry, Steve Turre, Bill Watrous, Jack McDuff, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Greg Bandy, Ernestine Anderson, Vanessa Rubin and many others. All of these musical experiences, both educational and professional, have instilled in Ferrazza the passion to pass music on to others and to teach. Bobby Ferrazza has taught at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music since 1988, where he is currently Professor of Jazz Guitar and Director of the Jazz Division. He also taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy from 1992-1996.
Bouncing With Benny CD with Benny Golson and The Jazz Heritage Orchestra. Release due in Spring 2014.
Beauty Surrounds Us CD with: The Oberlin Jazz Faculty, Marcus Belgrave, Kenny Davis, Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks, Bob Ferrazza, Peter Dominguez and Billy Hart. OBERLIN MUSIC
With One Accord, CD 2002 with The Arts Center Jazz Collective Rare Beauty, CD 2000 compilation with Bob Ferrazza and various artists.
KOCH JAZZ The Way I Like It, CD 1996 with Bob Ferrazza, Dan Wall, Ralph Armstrong and Greg Bandy