MISS JAZZ CONCERT FEATURES TRUMPETER BOBBY SHEW
- If you think you have to go to Bourbon Street in New Orleans to
hear good live jazz and renowned performers, Larry Panella, associate
professor of music and director of the jazz studies program at The
University of Southern Mississippi, would like to change your mind.
Jazz Lab Band I in concert April 25 in the Mannoni Performing Arts
Center Auditorium will be famed trumpeter Bobby Shew. Born in Albuquerque,
N.M., Shew began playing the trumpet at the age of 10. Since then,
he has performed with such jazz legends as the Tommy Dorsey Band
(with Sam Donahue) and the bands of Woody Herman and Buddy Rich.
jazz fans tend to think that jazz trumpeters can play both the high
lead parts in a big band and the improvised solos," Panella
said. "Truth is that the ability to do both types of playing
is not commonly found in one individual. What makes Bobby Shew such
an amazing player is that he does both extremely well. He's a trumpet
player's trumpet player in all respects."
his band - which has given three performances already during the
2002-03 academic year at Southern Miss - is in top form and ready
to play with its prolific guest artist. Panella praises the students'
ability to learn new material quickly.
we try to do both new pieces and some traditional big band pieces
in our concerts," Panella said. "Bobby's feature pieces
encompass all of that. We'll be playing tunes such as 'A Night in
Tunisia' by Dizzy Gillespie, 'Up Jumped Spring' by trumpeter Freddie
Hubbard and 'Beautiful Love' by Victor Young."
highlights include "There is No Greater Love" by Marty
Symes and Isham Jones and Billy Strayhorn's ballad "Lush Life,"
which also features Shew.
The Jazz Lab
Band II, led by jazz graduate assistant Paul Garcia, will join in
on the act as well Shew, as a lead player, has traveled with the
likes of Robert Goulet, Paul Anka, Della Reese and Steve Allen before
settling down in Las Vegas for nine years. He then pulled up roots
again and moved to Los Angeles in 1973 to return to jazz - playing
in the combos of Bud Shank, Art Pepper, Horace Silver and Frank
Strazzeri. In the big band arena, Shew has played lead for Don Menza,
Neal Hefti, Frank Capp-Nat Pierce, Bill Berry and Oliver Nelson.
the 7:30 p.m. concert in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium
are $6 for adult admission and $3 for Southern Miss faculty, staff
and students, senior citizens (65-plus) and children under 12. For
tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418
or 1-800-844-8425. Order online at www.tickets.usm.edu.
Miss jazz band and Shew will give an encore performance the next
day, April 26, at "Jazz in the Grove" - The Bay Springs
Jazz Festival. For information about the festival, call (601) 764-2121.
PHOTOGRAPHER TO LEAD WORKSHOP, PRESENTATION MARCH 10
-- Award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will lead
two photographic events at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory on
Wednesday, March 10.
He will present
a nature photography workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then
a talk and slide show called "Wildlife Images 2003" at
7 p.m., both at The University of Southern Mississippi GCRL.
the evening event is free and will be held in the Caylor Auditorium
at GCRL. The veteran photographer will feature photos from his 2003
photographic safaris abroad and in North America. He will answer
questions and sign his books during the reception following his
fee for the all-day workshop is $50 per person, payable to GCRL.
Registration includes a continental breakfast, light lunch and snacks.
Participation is limited to 20. Though the workshop is geared toward
beginners, Ulrich tailors the experience to meet needs for all degrees
will definitely benefit from the workshop, but I always help the
more advanced get something out of it also," Ulrich said. "I
lead many photo trips and always find a wide range of levels."
participants do not need to bring their photographic equipment unless
they need an explanation about some aspect of their equipment.
a brief review of the principles of photography, relationships between
shutter and aperture settings, fundamental elements of composition,
use and timing of fill-in flash, digital versus film photography,
techniques of close-up photography, and a brief discussion of slide
etiquette, the photography business and marketing.
up in South Chicago, graduated with a degree in biology from Southern
Illinois University and taught for four years before launching his
career as a freelance photographer. He has supported himself with
nature photography for the past 29 years.
of more than 300,000 transparencies includes birds and mammals from
all over the world. His photographs have been featured in publications
such as National Wildlife, Audubon, National Geographic, Montana
Outdoors and Life.
He has published
six nature books, including Mammals of the Rockies, Birds of the
Northern Rockies, Once Upon a Frame and his 2002 release, Photo
Pantanal. Dr. William E. Hawkins, GCRL executive director, said
Ulrich brings the scientific and artistic worlds together.
his living photographing wildlife all over the world," Hawkins
sad. "He is an outstanding observer and a biologist. His approach
to photography is to capture his subjects exhibiting their natural
The GCRL is
home to the university's Department of Coastal Sciences, the Center
for Fisheries Research and Development, and the Gulf Coast Geospatial
Center. The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium is also
a unit of the laboratory. The GCRL is part of the Southern Miss
College of Science and Technology. For more information, call the
laboratory at (228) 872-4200.