Jazz Orchestra coming to the Grand Friday

By Reba Pierce/Grand Theatre Volunteer, Published:

The DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra (DOJO) brings its big band sound to the Grand Theatre 7:30 p.m. Friday. At press time there were tickets in all price ranges.

WHAT: DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: The Grand Theatre

TICKETS: $10-$20

Co-directors Vince DiMartino and Miles Osland, nationally known and respected musicians, lead a 17-member band comprised of the area’s top university music professors and professional musicians. Frankfort’s Rick Cook plays trumpet.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and native of Long Island, NY, DiMartino is one of America’s leading trumpet performers and teachers. He served as professor of trumpet at the University of Kentucky for 20 years before moving on to Centre College as Matton Professor of Music, where he retired in 2012.

DiMartino is one of the most sought after trumpet performers, although he is equally known as a jazz artist.  He has been the lead and solo trumpet in the Lionel Hampton Band, the Chuck Mangione Band and the Clark Terry Band.  He has also performed with some of the country’s finest college jazz ensembles.  

DiMartino was the recipient of the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts in 2008.

Reached recently for an interview, DiMartino was conducting a master class at Illinois State University.  The previous week saw him at East Carolina University.  His greatest pleasures are seeing progress in his students and the concerts and club dates with DOJO.  Many of its members, in addition to being great musicians, are lifetime friends.

DOJO’s latest CD “Quotient,” released in 2009, has garnered high praise for its big band orchestrations and top-notch solos.  Time-honored favorites such as “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “My Funny Valentine” join more obscure selections, all displaying superior musicianship and inventive arrangements.

Osland is director of jazz studies and professor of saxophone at UK. He is also a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.

Osland began his 43-year musical career as a 10-year-old playing the flute in a San Diego establishment with some of his teachers.  In addition to teaching and performing, Osland is an accomplished arranger, composer and author of several books and articles on saxophone technique and improvisation.

The Osland Saxophone Quartet’s 2-CD recording titled “Commission Impossible” has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today.  In addition, nine of Osland’s recordings have been submitted for Grammy nominations.

Osland promises the performance will have something for all age groups, with great musicians playing some stock arrangements of standards as well as more contemporary big band arrangements.

The show is sponsored by Bill and Kay Kirkland.

About tickets

Tickets are $20, $15 and $10 and may be purchased at the door, online or at the Grand Theatre website, http://www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org, by visiting the ticket office, 312 W. Main St., weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., or by calling 502-352-7469.   

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