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Ohio University Southern to observe Jazz Appreciation Month with concert on campus

Apr. 04, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Ohio University Southern is celebrating the smooth sounds of Jazz Appreciation Month with a concert by Tim Warfield Jr. at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Mains Rotunda.

The concert is presented by the Ohio University Southern Council on Diversity and Inclusion, in collaboration with Jazz Alive, a non-profit organization based in Cincinnati dedicated to the promotion and advancement of jazz -- a uniquely American art form -- and its practitioners.

Warfield, a native of York, Pa., began studying the alto saxophone at age 9. After high school, Warfield attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., for two years before leaving to lead and co-lead groups in the Central Pennsylvania and Baltimore/Washington areas.

According to a news release from OUS, Warfield has made several television appearances, including the "Today Show," Bill Cosby's "You Bet Your Life" (where he was a member of the house band until 1992), and Ted Turner's 1998 Trumpet Awards.

Additionally, he has made numerous stage appearances with such names as Donald Byrd, Michelle Rosewoman, Marcus Miller, Marlon Jordan, James Williams, Christian McBride, Winard Harper, Dizzy Gillespie, Isaac Hayes, Shirley Scott, Jimmy Smith, Nicholas Payton, Charles Fambrough, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, Terell Stafford, Stefon Harris, Orrin Evans, The Newport Millennium All Stars, "Papa" John Defrancesco, Joey Defrancesco, Claudio Raggazzi, Derrick Gardner and the Jazz Prophets, Trudy Pitts, Dana Hall, and others.

Warfield's first recording, "A Cool Blue," was selected as one of the top ten recordings of the year in a 1995 New York Times critic's poll, as was his 1998 recording "Gentle Warrior" (featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Tarus Mateen, Clarence Penn, Terell Stafford, and Nicholas Payton).

In 2010, his CD "A Sentimental Journey" on the Criss Cross jazz label was selected as a "Critic's Choice" in the New York Times, by Ben Ratliff.

Warfield released his latest CD in December entitled "Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas, on his label Undaunted Music." The CD featured an all-star cast including Terell Stafford, Stefon Harris, Cyrus Chestnut, Rodney Whitaker, Clarence Penn, Daniel Sadownick, Neil Podgurski, Joanna Pascale and Jamie Davis, which rocketed to slot 25, as the Highest Debut, Most Added, and Biggest Gainer, on the Jazzweek charts, in only its second week of release.

Warfield also serves as artist-in-residence at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa, and has recently joined the adjunct faculty at Temple University Music Department, in Philadelphia, Pa.

Warfield's band includes: Gregory A. Arty Jr. on drums; Dan Karlsberg on piano; Steve Whipple on bass. Each of the band members also performed around the country with top-level artists and completed various recordings.

For more information about Warfield, contact Laura Gentry at 513-254-7339.

For more information about the April 23 concert at OUS, contact Robert Pleasant at 740-533-4600.