Program:

  • Bolling: Suite for Trumpet and Jazz Piano
  • Debussy: Preludes, Book One

Most concerts will take place at 3 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall on the first floor of the Mary Pappert School of Music. Join us for a 2:15 p.m. informative talk and complimentary public reception after each performance. A $10 donation is suggested.

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Toot Suite

Sunday, February 8, at 3:00 p.m.

  • Joe Utterback and David Allen Wehr, piano
  • Sean Jones, trumpet
  • Bill Purse, bass guitar
  • Billy Kuhn, drums

Claude Bolling's Toot Suite was written for French trumpet great Maurice Andre, and is performed by jazz legends Sean Jones and Joe Utterback, backed up by members of Catch-22, Duquesne University's guitar ensemble in residence. David Allen Wehr brings to life the twelve character vignettes of Debussy's Preludes for Piano, Book One, including The Maid with the Flaxen Hair and The Sunken Cathedral.

There is a special pre-concert program at 2:15 p.m.

Joe Utterback Joe Utterback has been performing jazz for more than forty years, since his first gig at the age of seventeen in Wichita, Kansas. His jazz journey has taken Joe throughout the United States and Europe, with long-term engagements in such jazz centers as St. Louis, Kansas City, and San Francisco. An internationally recognized composer, Dr. Joe has created jazz-influenced works for piano, organ, harpsichord, voice, and instrumental combinations, which have won him ASCAP awards annually since 1991. His more than 225 compositions have been performed in concert venues and in church services worldwide. A Kansas native, Dr. Joe (b. 1944) holds degrees in piano from Wichita State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas. He teaches at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT; directs the Stratford Sister Cities Chorus; and serves as Director of Music and Organist at the First Congregational Church of Stratford, Connecticut (www.firstchurchstratford.org).

Joe Utterback and David Allen Wehr have collaborated on Connoisseur Society CD 4228: Utterback Concert Fantasy on Gershwin's Porgy and Bess; Utterback originals. You can find out more by visiting the Discography page.

Sean Jones Trumpeter Sean Jones is a firebrand musician with a bent toward muscular post-bop. Born in Warren, OH, in 1978, Jones began playing trumpet in the fifth grade, and by high school had developed a strong interest in jazz, especially the music of legendary trumpeter Miles Davis. Gigs at local jazz clubs and performances with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra followed, and Jones ultimately enrolled in the music school at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Graduating with a bachelor's degree, Jones then earned a master's degree from Rutgers University. Since that time, Jones has performed with a variety of name musicians. He is also a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and a professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Bill Purse Bill Purse is Chair of the Music Technology and Guitar at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), where he was instrumental in the development of three new majors: Music Technology, Sound Recording Technology and a masters in Music Technology. Purse received an EDUCOM (Education Communication) grant to study at Mills College with Dr. Carol Lennox. Additionally, Purse has studied privately with Howard Massey at the Center for Electronic Music in New York. Purse received Duquesne University’s 1996 Presidents award for excellence in scholarship and a 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award for guitar pedagogy and performance. Bill has pioneered the utilization of interactive CD-ROM, MIDI files, hard disk recording, and music score publication. He has chaired the MENC/GAMA/NAMM Guitar Task Force for the past several years and helps provide scholarships for over one thousand teachers who have taught over 370,000 young guitarists internationally. He is also an honored member of the Lexington Who’s Who.

Billy Kuhn A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, PA, Billy began drumming at age 4. Playing professionally at age 13, Billy attended pre-college music classes at Carnegie Mellon, and was a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony at age 16. Jazz and R&B was his forte', however, and Billy traveled extensively in the 70's with many acts, also playing shows for Milton Berle, Vicki Carr, and the Four Aces before settling in Pittsburgh to form such seminal bands as 'On The Corner' and the "Shadyside Jazz Quartet". Billy had some success teaching percussion and recording with Max Leake and Kenny Blake, and returned to college in the early 80's, graduating from Penn State with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Even with a second career, Billy stayed active in the local music scene, performing with just about every great Pittsburgh jazz musician at one time or another. Billy performs regularly with Duquesne University's Catch - 22, and has been the featured jazz drummer and clinician for Duquesne's annual Jazz and Bass Workshop.

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