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Keystone College to host Jazz Institute

July 22, 2014

The Seventh Annual Jazz Institute at Keystone College will welcome a wide variety of jazz lovers to campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28 to Aug. 1.


The Jazz Institute, presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Jazz Alliance, will offer an opportunity for local musicians of all ages to study and perform with several of Northeast Pennsylvania’s and New York’s touring and recording jazz artists. Participants will gain experience in the varied styles of music they will create and perform in their future musical careers. Following the week-long educational event, participants will perform as a group at the Scranton Jazz Festival Aug. 8-10 in downtown Scranton. Participants of this year’s Jazz Institute will have the option of residing on Keystone’s campus during the program.


Faculty members include jazz musicians James Buckley (jazz history and theory), Tom Hamilton (saxophone and woodwinds), Marko Marcinko (drums and jazz piano), Tony Marino (acoustic and electric bass), Eddie Severn (jazz trumpet and brass), and Bill Washer (jazz guitar).


A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Buckley has been part of the local and regional jazz scene for over 40 years. He has had the distinction of performing and touring with Phil Woods, George Young, Lew Delgato, Johnny Mathis and The Temptations. As an educator, he has taught music for over 25 years in the Scranton School District and has also served as an adjunct professor of jazz history at The University of Scranton.


Hamilton has performed and toured extensively with Natalie Cole, Woods, Machito and Dizzy Gilespie. Hamilton conducts workshops in high schools and colleges and has taught privately for nearly 30 years. A graduate of William Patterson University and Marywood University, he currently teaches in Pocono area schools.


Marcinko, founder of the Pennsylvania Jazz Alliance, is a driving force in the establishment of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s jazz culture. His work and love of music has made events such as The Scranton Jazz Festival possible. A University of Miami graduate, Marcinko has performed and toured with Maynard Ferguson, Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Red Rodney, Paquito D’Rivera and, for the past 11 years, Dave Liebman. He is currently an adjunct professor of jazz studies at Penn State University.


A native of Scranton, Marino has performed and toured with Woods, Bob Dorough, Mose Allison, Jimmy Cobb, Young, Betty Buckley and Liebman. Marino has also served as an educator at the University of the Arts and as a freelance clinician worldwide.


Severn has performed in a wide variety of musical situations from jazz to classical to rock. His performing career spans over 20 years and he was lead trumpet player with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. He now resides in the United States and freelances as a solo performer and clinician. Severn has also performed and recorded music for television, radio and theater, as well as numerous pop sessions and shows. Severn serves as a professor of music studies at Lock Haven University.


Bill Washer has been part of the Northeastern Pennsylvania jazz scene for over 20 years. He has toured and recorded with Gato Barbieri, Stevie Wonder, Liza Minelli, Asford and Simpson and Michael Brecker. Washer is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and is a professor at Moravian College and Muhlenberg University. He can be heard every Wednesday night with the Marko Marcinko Jazz Quartet at Bazil Italian Restaurant, Clarks Summit.


For more information on the Jazz Institute, contact Crystal Seigle at 570-945-8580 e-mail crystal.seigle@keystone.edu.