November 22, 2011
Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

Miami saxophonist Ed Calle will join the BYU-Idaho Sound Alliance jazz band along with a full orchestra, choir and vocal soloist for a Christmas concert to jazz up the holidays.

"Swingin' Christmas" will be Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium. Calle composed or arranged most of the music for the concert, including some specifically for Sound Alliance.

The sax player is known for his extraordinary ability to play bebop, Latin and contemporary jazz, and pop. Among his many solo recordings, Ed Calle Plays Santana garnered a Latin Grammy nomination in 2005, and his release In the Zone earned a Latin Grammy nomination in 2007.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, of Spanish parents, it was obvious from the start that he was a natural player and now he can be heard on hundreds of recordings both as a sideman and soloist. He appears on Grammy-award-winning albums by Frank Sinatra, Vicky Carr, Arturo Sandoval, and Jon Secada, as well as on numerous television and motion picture soundtracks. He also has recorded and performed around the world with such artists as Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Bob James, Bobby Caldwell, Rhianna, Extreme and Vanessa Williams.

Calle currently serves as chairperson for the Department of Arts and Philosophy and is an associate professor senior of music business and production at Miami Dade College. He is also a member of the Miami Saxophone Quartet.

Tickets for the Center Stage Performing Arts Series event are $8 for the general public. Tickets may be ordered by calling 496-2230 or online at "Swingin' Christmas" is open to all ages and billed as a family event.