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The Jazz Master

Houston Person to make appearance this Saturday in Syracuse

At 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation will close their winter season with a concert by the CNY Jazz Ensemble with special guest artist Houston Person. The event will take place in the Oncenter Carrier Theater. Tickets are on sale now at the Oncenter Box Office for $19.50, $23.50 and $26.50, with a $5 student discount (435-2121). This CNYJO Concert Series event will be preceded by an educational clinic with Person in the Carrier Theater to be held at 3 p.m. that day. The clinic is free and open to the public.

According to concert organizer Larry Luttinger, "We're delighted to have the opportunity to bring Houston here to work with our big band, a relatively unusual setting for him. He'll lend a real air of intimacy and soul to the evening, as he proved in our last appearance with him in Cazenovia last summer at Jazz Under The Stars." Luttinger added "since the passing of the great Stan Turrentine and Grover Washington, you could call Houston the current Dean of the great Soul Tenors. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see this man at work."

Houston Person (born 1934) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and record producer often referred to as the "working man's hero of jazz." His half-century in the music business has been replete with associations with the best of the funky jazz and RnB genre, including legends Lou Rawls and Horace Silver. He is perhaps best known for the many years (over 30) he spent recording, performing and touring with the late soul legend Etta Jones as her musical partner. Contrary to popular belief, the two were never married. Although he has performed in the hard bop and swing genres, his is most experienced in and best known for his work in soul jazz, sharing a style and approach similar to Grover Washington and Stanley Turrentine. Person is known for his distinctive sassy sound and his expressive style of playing. He received a Eubie Blake Jazz Award in 1982. He grew up in Florence, S.C., studied at the state college there, was later named to the school's Hall of Fame in 1999, and continued his studies at Hartt College of Music in Hartford, CT. Earlier, in the U.S. Air Force, he played with Don Ellis, Eddie Harris, Cedar Walton, and Leo Wright. He has more than 75 albums under his own name on Prestige, Westbound, Mercury, Savoy, Muse and is currently with High Note Records. He has recorded with Charles Brown, Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Lou Rawls, Horace Silver, Dakota Staton, and more.

For further information call about this weekend's show call 435-2121 or visit cnyjazz.org or jazzinthesquare.org.

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