Na­tion­ally known sax­o­phon­ist to per­form at Kutz­town Univer­sity.

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - Bryan Sal­vadore Kutz­town Univer­sity

Na­tion­ally-known sax­o­phon­ist Derek Brown will per­form at Kutz­town Univer­sity on Thurs­day, Nov. 1.

His visit is part of his Fifty-Fifty tour, dur­ing which he will per­form at least once in each of the 50 states. KU is Brown’s only stop in Penn­syl­va­nia.

Dur­ing his visit, Brown will pro­vide an open mas­ter class and per­for­mance, both of which are free and open the pub­lic. The sched­ule is as fol­lows: Open Mas­ter­class at 4:30 p.m. Scha­ef­fer Lit­tle The­atre, Room 1G; Per­for­mance at 7:30 p.m. Scha­ef­fer Lit­tle The­atre, Room 1G

“Brown per­forms un­ac­com­pa­nied so­los that oc­ca­sion­ally make one re­call Bobby Mc­Fer­rin in his early prime and the great sax­o­phon­ist Ed­die Har­ris... utiliz­ing slap-tongu­ing, cir­cu­lar breath­ing, a wide in­ter­est in mu­si­cal styles and daz­zling co­or­di­na­tion to cre­ate rather unique mu­sic,” Scott Yanow, jazz jour­nal­ist and his­to­rian, said.

Derek’s lat­est project is an epic un­der­tak­ing. His Fifty-Fifty Tour is tak­ing him all over the coun­try, as he is per­form­ing in each of the 50 states in a nine-month span. Trav­el­ing from state-to-state in an RV with his wife, Rachel, they will be reg­u­larly ‘vlog­ging’ and post­ing about mu­sic and life on the road. Fol­low them at www.FiftyFiftyTour.com.

Pre­vi­ously the di­rec­tor of jazz stud­ies at Abi­lene Chris­tian Univer­sity for six years, Brown now lives and per­forms in Chicago, un­der­tak­ing projects with var­i­ous bands around the area and through­out the world.

His re­cent “BEATBoX SAX” mu­sic videos and tu­to­ri­als on YouTube have been very pop­u­lar among sax­o­phon­ists and mu­sic lovers alike, lead­ing to en­dorse­ments with Legere, JodyJazz, P.Mau­riat, BG and AKG. He has per­formed solo con­certs through­out China, Rus­sia, Ja­pan, Ger­many, France, Poland, the UK, Nor­way, Fin­land, Malaysia, Latvia, Ser­bia, Is­rael, Ukraine, Czech Repub­lic, Bul­garia, Brazil and Dubai, as well as through­out the U.S.

Brown re­ceived his bach­e­lor of mu­sic in per­for­mance (clas­si­cal and jazz) from Hope Col­lege in 2006 and his mas­ter of mu­sic in jazz stud­ies at the Univer­sity of Cincin­nati, Col­lege Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic in 2008.

Cross­ing gen­res from jazz to clas­si­cal to funk, with­out loop­ing or elec­tronic ef­fects, sax­o­phone in­no­va­tor Derek Brown’s unique play­ing style must be seen to be be­lieved!

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing Brown, visit https://derek­brown­sax. com. For more in­for­ma­tion, please call the KU Mu­sic Of­fice at 610-683-4550.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Hail­ing from Chicago, sax­o­phon­ist Derek Brown is bring­ing his na­tional tour to Kutz­town Univer­sity on Nov. 1.

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