July 8, 2011
Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

Jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig will headline this year's summer jazz festival Friday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium. Backing up Herwig will be the BYU-Idaho Sound Alliance big band under the direction of Mark Watkins.

Herwig was voted No. 1 Jazz Trombonist in the 2002 Downbeat Jazz Critic's Poll. He has three Grammy nominations and is a featured soloist on the Joe Lovano Nonet Grammy Award-winning 52nd Street Themes CD. He has 19 albums as a leader and has recorded on more than 200 albums in his 30-plus-year career with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Buddy Rich, Joe Henderson and Horace Silver.

Herwig will perform eight pieces with Sound Alliance, as well as play several songs with a jazz combo featuring students and faculty member Aaron Miller on bass.

He will teach a brass clinic July 14 from 3:15-5:30 p.m., an improvisation class July 15 from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. in Snow 181, and a jazz combos workshop from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in Snow 181. A jam session will be held July 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Snow 181. All events except the concert are free to the public.

Tickets for the BYU-Idaho Center Stage concert are $6 for the general public and $3 for BYU-Idaho students. They are available online at www.byui.edu/tickets, at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office or by calling 496-3170.