Guest artist to play with jazz ensemble

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Vibraphonist James Leach playing vibraphone with the Jazz Orchestra. He considers guest artist Warren Wolf his “vibraphone hero.” Photo by Alec Horton

Nationally renowned vibraphonist Warren Wolf is set to perform with the NSU Jazz Orchestra on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Magale Recital Hall. In addition to the concert at 7:30 p.m., Wolf is giving a free master class open to the public at 3 p.m.

“I love sharing my experience: my story through all my time as a touring musician,” Wolf said. “I love meeting the students… so I can spread some knowledge and love.”

Wolf began his musical training at age 3 and drew inspiration from alto saxophonist Charlie Parker and vibraphonist Milt Jackson. A Baltimore native, he attended Baltimore School for the Arts and then the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass.

Senior music business major James Leach plays vibraphone for the Jazz Orchestra and called Wolf his “vibraphone hero.” Leach thinks audiences will find him entertaining regardless of their knowledge of music.

“He’s like the top dog up-and-coming,” Leach said. “If you want to see a free concert with a world-class musician, here’s your chance.”

Galindo Rodriguez, director of the Jazz Orchestra, had been considering several guest artists before selecting Wolf. He hopes the performer shows students how to work with other musicians in ensemble settings.

“I’m interested in hearing what he has to say to the audience and how he affects them,” Rodriguez said. “The uniqueness, for us, is to have somebody that is world-class… We’re very fortunate to have been able to get him due to his performing schedule.”

Alec Horton

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