Jazz Week 2011 features guest artists in concert


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Saxophonist Antonio Hart and the Jeff Hamilton Trio are among featured performers at UofL’s Jazz Week 2011, Feb. 23-26. All concerts will be at the School of Music, Margaret Comstock Concert Hall.

    Grammy-nominated Hart first studied classical saxophone but is now known for his jazz saxophone skills. Hart is a professor of jazz studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, The City University of New York. He has combined music studies with jazz greats Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd and played with the likes of Slide Hampton, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, Roy Hargrove, Art Blakey and others. Hart will perform with UofL’s Jazz Ensemble I and the Faculty Jazz Ensemble, 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25.

    Known for his dynamic drumming, Hamilton has recorded and performed throughout the world and recorded with such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Rosemary Clooney and Mel Torme. He also appeared with Natalie Cole in a PBS Great Performances special, “Unforgettable.” His trio will perform with UofL’s Jazz Ensemble I, 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26.

    Other jazz week performers include: