SHS presents JAZZ Night with Ray Anderson
Posted on 02/14/2017
Schenectady High School Presents: Jazz Night Featuring world renowned trombonist Ray Anderson
March 2, 6 p.m.
Schenectady High School Auditorium
Concert is free and open to the public
The concert will feature Middle and High School students along side guest artist Ray Anderson. Mr. Anderson will be spending the week working with students thanks to BOCES Arts in Education funding.
Ray Anderson was born in Chicago in 1952, and started playing trombone when he was eight. “If I ever had a home, it was the slide trombone" says Ray Anderson. Although the perennial poll-winner (6 times in Down Beat's Critics Poll!) is indeed at home with the "slip-horn", his unique music is now being heard all over the world. Anderson's innovative and influential style is technically awesome but straight from the heart. He shatters musical categories but remains personal, emotional and accessible. He is often humorous but never predictable. He has given the trombone a whole new sound and also developed a trombone-like way of singing.
"The music I remember from my parent's house includes many Dixieland records (which inspired me to select trombone as my instrument) as well as Mahalia Jackson, Broadway shows, Mozart concertos and various folk singers. I played trombone in the orchestra and jazz big band at the University of Chicago Lab School. I was introduced to everything from John Cage to the Blues, from Archie Shepp, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Bird to Motown, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone; I also heard some of the early AACM concerts. Thus I developed an omnivorous taste in music which has only grown over the years."
The concert which is free and open to the public begins at 6pm.