Rob Parton

Guest Soloist, Rob Parton


Wooster Jazz Ensembles concert Friday, Feb. 12

For more information, contact: Jeff Lindberg, 330-263-2047

4 February, 2016 by John Finn

The College of Wooster’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos, under the direction of Jeffrey Lindberg, professor of music, and Greg Slawson, jazz piano instructor, will perform Friday, Feb. 12, at 8:15 p.m. in McGaw Chapel (340 E. University St.) on The College of Wooster campus.

Featured guest soloist is trumpeter Rob Parton, artistic director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and associate professor of trumpet at Capital University in Columbus, where he performs with the Capital Brass Quintet and faculty jazz group “Spectrum.”  A long-time presence in the Chicago jazz scene, he created the Catch 35 trio and Rob Parton Big Band, which has released nine CDs. He has performed with major orchestras, including the Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Chicago Symphonies, and with acclaimed performers such as Doc Severinson, Mel Torme, the Beach Boys, Celine Dion, Josh Grobon, and Natalie Cole.

Friday’s program includes tunes by Duke Ellington— Beginning To See the Light,” sung by Wooster junior Thea Kwan, and “Boy Meets Horn.”  Also on the program is “Dear Old Stockholm,” arranged by Jim Martin, “Autumn Leaves, by Prevert/Kosma, “Sheba” by Clark Terry and “Riley’s Thang,” Mark Colby.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Buehler’s Milltown and Towne Market, Lowry Center Wilson Bookstore, and The Wooster Book Company. Students will be admitted free of charge.