MARTY SHELLERS LATIN-JAZZ ENSEMBLE PERFORMS AT BARUCH COLLEGE, THURSDAY, OCT. 17

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Latin-Jazz composer and arranger Marty Sheller will bring his eight-piece jazz ensemble to Baruch College on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002. They will perform in a free concert of Shellers original compositions and arrangements on the ground floor of Baruchs Newman Vertical Campus (24th St. & Lexington Avenue), starting at 12:45 pm.

Marty Sheller describes his music as jazz with a Latin feeling. I dont call it Latin-Jazz because a Latin-Jazz rhythm section includes percussionists playing Latin drums (timbales, congas, bongos) along with another drummer playing an American drum set. In this band, there are no Latin percussion instruments. I use the standard jazz rhythm section of drums, bass and piano, along with a horn section of two trumpets, a trombone, an alto sax and a tenor sax. Melodically and harmonically the music is jazz-- its jazz with a Latin feeling.

Musicians scheduled to perform at this concert include Chris Rogers (trumpet and flugelhorn), Joe Magnarelli (trumpet and flugelhorn), Sam Burtis (trombone), Bob Porcelli (also sax and flute), Bob Franceschini (tenor sax), Oscar Hernandez (piano), Ruben Rodriguez (bass) and Vince Cherico (drums).

Composer/arranger Marty Sheller began his musical career as a trumpet player, performing with various Latin bands for more than a decade. After 1969 he devoted himself exclusively to composing, conducting and arranging. Artists who have recorded his compositions include George Benson, Ruben Blades, The Bronx Horns, David Byrne, Willie Colon, Charlie Palmieri, Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria.

Sheller has composed, arranged and produced music for the PBS television mini-series Oye Willie, and for the NBC-TV Hispanic affairs program Visiones.

Free and Open to the Public.

Contact:
Zane Berzins 212.802.2881
Eugene Marlow 646.312.3924