Faculty Jazz Concert

By: Mike Hayes Staff Writer

There will be a Faculty Jazz Recital on Tuesday, September 27 featuring four Montgomery College Rockville professors. The performance is the second of three events conducted by the music department for this month, and the first of this year’s Faculty Jazz Artist Series.

The four faculty members who are scheduled to perform on Tuesday are Alvin Trask, Harry Appelman, Scott Giambusso, and Steve Larrance. Trask teaches Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Studies, among other music courses, here at MC and will be playing trumpet for the recital. Appelman, who has performed on five continents and has played for the U.S. State Department and Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, is a classically trained pianist with many accolades to his name in regards to his piano playing. On the bass will be Music History and Literature professor Scott Giambusso. Giambusso is referred to as a “self-taught natural” by the music department, and his band Gigahertz represented the Jimi Hendrix Experience at WolfTrap’s Woodstock Tribute Show in August 2009. Larrance will be playing the drums on Tuesday night, the instrument that the jazz percussion professor has played for over 50 years. A performing drummer since 1960, Larrance has played all over the world and has performed with legendary artists such as Little Feat, The Drifters, and Ike and Tina Turner.

The performance will start at 7:30 p.m. and will take place in the music recital hall. After Tuesday, there will only be one more performance on behalf of the Music Department for the month of September. Native American Contemporary act Jeff Ball Band will perform on Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. The next leg of the Faculty Artist Jazz Series will be “The Big Beat,” featuring Ward Harris on November 22 at 8:00 p.m.