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Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Saxophone/Improvisation Masterclass: 4 – 5 p.m.
Best known as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestras Lead Alto Saxophonist and Artistic Director, jazz saxophonist, composer and recording artist Dick Oatts is a 40-year veteran of the international jazz scene. Soon after moving to New York City in 1977, the Iowa native joined the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (now the VJO). Since then, Oatts has toured, recorded and performed with Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Tito Puente, Bob Brookmeyer, Red Rodney, Joe Lovano, Joe Williams and Ella Fitzgerald. For the past 35 years, Oatts has appeared at College Jazz Festivals as a soloist and clinician throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.