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Cazenovia HS to host 8th Annual Jazz Night

Guest saxophonist Mike Carbone to join ensemble

The Cazenovia High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Kathy DiNardo, will present its 8th annual Jazz Night at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday April 13 in the Cazenovia High School Auditorium.

The featured guest this year will be saxophonist and educator, Mike Carbone.

Carbone is a native of Utica. He moved to the Binghamton area in 1981 and is an instrumental music teacher in the Johnson City School District where he is Coordinator of Music, Director of Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble 1 at the High School. He joined the Binghamton University music faculty in 1997 and serves as Director of the Jazz Studies Program. His duties at Binghamton University include teaching Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History and directing the Harpur Jazz Ensemble. He holds a B.M.E. from the Crane School of Music and an M.M. from Binghamton University, having studied saxophone with Dr. James Stoltie, J.R. Montrose, Al Gallodoro, and April Lucas.

Carbone is also a member of Al Hamme's Music Unlimited & Swing Street Jazz Groups, the Danny D'Imperio Big Band Bloviation, the contemporary jazz group, Cosa Nova, and Miles Ahead. He has also served as guest conductor for Broome, Seneca and Tompkins County Music Educators' Festivals, and as Saxophone/Jazz Improvisation Instructor for the New York State School of Music for the Arts at Binghamton University. Mike was also the last Secretary Officer for the New York State Chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education.

During his career playing the saxophone, Carbone has had the opportunity to perform with many well-known artists including Al Marino, Natalie Cole, Tommy Tune, Mel Torme, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Engelbert Humperdinck, Slam Stewart, Nick Brignola, Steve Gilmore, Tom Whaley, Duffy Jackson, Jeff Jarvis, Jacque Washington, Bill Carter's Presbybop Quartet, The Temptations and the local music group Splash.

Carbone will be spending the day working with the jazz ensemble in clinics and will perform with the group at our evening concert.

This concert is sponsored by the Cazenovia Central Schools Enrichment Committee. It is free and open to the public.

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