Jazz saxophonist Nelson Hill will be the featured guest artist for the December 11 Jazz Ensemble Concert at LHU.
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
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the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
The Lock Haven University Jazz Ensemble will play its fall semester concert on Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Price Performance Center. The concert will feature guest artist Nelson Hill. The public is invited to this free event.
Nelson Hill is a former member of the Maynard Ferguson Band and a virtuoso jazz saxophonist. The repertoire will include the music of Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard.
LHU jazz director Eddie Severn will conduct the concert. Severn stated that he is looking forward to having Hill perform at LHU. “I am very excited to welcome my friend and colleague Nelson Hill to LHU to work with our jazz ensemble,” he said. “The students will be inspired by his great musicianship and improvising on the Saxophone.”
Severn also expressed his gratitude to Dr. Michael Greenberg of Lock Haven for a recent donation to the LHU Jazz Ensemble. “We are using some of Dr Greenberg's donation to make this possible,” said Severn.
Hill is a saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist from Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania. A graduate of the Eastman School of music, he has performed with the National Jazz Ensemble and toured for three years with Maynard Ferguson, playing lead alto saxophone. He recorded on the albums Storm and Hollywood. He has also performed with Tony Bennett, The Spinners, The Temptations, Wayne Newton, Jay Black, Frankie Valli and many others. He has taught saxophone and jazz improvisation at Lafayette Ciollege, Blair Academy, and privately.
Severn’s performing career spans over 25 years and covers virtually every musical style, including jazz, classical, pop and country. Severn has performed with many well-known musicians including Maria Schneider, Phil Woods, Dave Leibman, Clay Aiken, The Temptations, Kenny Rogers, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and the English Symphony Orchestra. For six years he was lead trumpet player with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed and recorded music for television, radio and theatre as well as on numerous pop sessions and shows. In addition to composing music for his own quartet, Severn has written several commissions for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, the Scottish Composers Jazz Ensemble and the Scottish Arts Council. In 2008 Severn became Director of Jazz Studies at Lock Haven University. He also freelances as a solo performer and clinician.
Eddie Severn and Nelson Hill are both members of the COTA Festival Big Band which is led by saxophone legend Phil Woods.