Whittier College News Release
For Immediate Release - November 17, 1998
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A Salute to Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman, with the Terry Gibbs All-Star Quintet featuring clarinet virtuoso Terry Harrington
WHAT: A Salute to Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman, with the Terry Gibbs All-Star Quintet featuring clarinet virtuoso Terry Harrington
WHEN: 7:00 p.m., Sunday, December 13
WHERE: The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College
13406 Philadelphia St., Whittier
COST: $30.00 orchestra, $25.00 center balcony/mezzanine, $20.00 side balcony/mezzanine
ADD: Rarely do two musicians as accomplished as Terry Gibbs and Terry Harrington come together in a celebration of music, and moreover, a celebration of the musical talents of Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman. With a play list that reads more like a jazz and big band greatest hits compilation, these two contemporary jazz legends will put on a show that will not soon be forgotten.
Terry Gibbs began his spectacular career at the age of twelve, and he hasn't let up since. He spent many years as a drummer and percussionist, having worked with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Max Roach, but finally settled on the vibraphones as his instrument of choice. In fact, he was nominated three consecutive years as Most Valuable Player by the
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, as well as Best Vibraphonist, Best Quartet, Best Big Band and Best Band Leader by the nationally recognized Playboy Jazz Poll. Once a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and musical director for the Regis Philbin Show, Gibbs has led a long and illustrious career.
Terry Harrington, another phenomenal musician, has been called "a very compelling soloist" by Downbeat Magazine. He has worked with such greats as Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme and Tony Bennett; has been nominated for numerous awards by the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences; and has made many musical television appearances, including Lisa's baritone sax on "The Simpson's." Harrington¹s newest CD, "Comin' Atcha," is "One of the monster releases of the year," says Ken Posten of America's Jazz Station, KLON.
Often referred to as a virtuoso clarinet player, Terry Harrington's style is often influenced by classic Detroit roots such as Motown. "I'd be happy to play only the clarinet for the rest of my life," Harrington says, and coming from a man who has played numerous instruments with energy and precision--including the oboe, English horn, flutes, saxophones and trombone as well as many others--that's quite a testimonial. There is, perhaps, no better clarinet player.
Of the Salute to Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton, David Palmer, theater manager for the Shannon Center says, "We have a long history of presenting fine jazz artists here, and this is undoubtedly one of the best shows we will ever have. Jazz fans won't want to miss this one."
INFORMATION: (562) 907-4203