Ted Piltzecker Septet
This concert–organized by the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Commmittee–is funded by the Baruch College Performing Arts Center and Thhe Baruch College Fund.
Vibraphonist/composer Ted Piltzecker has amassed many kudos for his imaginative playing and composing, as well as his leadership in the jazz field. In addition to touring internationally with the George Shearing Quintet and his own unique ensembles, Piltzecker has recorded three albums as leader. His debut album, Destinations, climbed to number eight in national jazz air play. His second release, Unicycle Man, remained on the Gavin Jazz chart for months. His most recent recording, Standing Alone, a collection of standards for solo vibraphone, has been critically acclaimed.
Piltzecker has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New State Council on the Arts. His works have been aired on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" and the Canadian Broadcasting Company's "Arts National." Piltzecker was founding director of the Aspen Music Festival Jazz Program, which he led for many years. He is currently a professor at the Purchase Conservatory of Music (State University of New York).
For the February 26, 2004 performance Piltzecker will be joined by Ryan Kaiser (Trumpet), Jon Gordon (Alto saxophone), Mark Mommaas (Tenor saxophone), Jim Pugh (Trombone), Andy McKee (Bass), and Dave Meade (Drums).
This 2003-2004 academic year, for the second time, the Hinton committee has organized a series of concerts starting with the November 6, 2003 appearance of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. On December 4, the "Sax in the City" quartet appeared in the Lobby of the Vertical Campus. March 25, 2004, the Hinton series will present The Roberta Piket Trio (also in the Recital Hall).
The inaugural Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert in 1992 starred jazz bassist Milt Hinton himself together with his picks for an "All-Star" ensemble. This group consisted of Seldon Powell (saxophonist), Bob Rosengarden (Drums), Mike Walters (saxophone and woodwinds), Derek Smith (piano), Jay D'Amico (piano), Mike Grey (trombone), and John "Bucky" Pizzarelli (guitar). This magical first concert saw famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis join the group during the second half.
The following year Tito Puente and his big band also played to a full house with some students and faculty dancing in the aisles. In 1994 the concert was billed as a "Tribute to Women in Jazz" and featured a performance by singer Ruth Brown and Friends and the group Straight Ahead. In 1995 trombonist extraordinaire Slide Hampton and the Big Band Bird filled the bill for the fourth annual concert.
In 1996 America's jazz statesman Dr. Billy Taylor and the Billy Taylor Trio graced the Baruch College stage. In 1997 Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band gave a performance that offered a unique blend of Latin and jazz traditions. The 1998 concert presented virtuoso drummer Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Big Band.
The world famous Mingus Big Band played at the 8th annual concert in 1999. The Bronx Horns, consisting of Tito Puente's brass section, together with Dave Valentin (flute) and Randy Brecker (trumpet), performed at the 9th annual concert in 2000. In 2001, The Heath Brothers ("Percy, Jimmy, and Tootie") with special guest Jimmy Owens, performed at the 10th annual concert.
In 2002 the Hinton Committee expanded its offerings with a series of concerts, including a November 6, 2002 concert featuring "The Latin-Jazz All Stars" with several world-renown Latin-jazz musicians: trumpeter/leader Michael Mossman, tenor saxophonist David Sanchez, trombonist Steve Turre, pianist Arturo O'Farrill, alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, bassist Andy Gonzalez, and percussionist Phoenix Rivera. The 2002-2003 season also featured the Marty Sheller Big Band, Chris Washburne's SYOTOS Latin-Jazz ensemble, and "Rumbamerica," an Afro-Cuban ensemble made up of some of New York's top Afro-Cuban drummers, singers, and dancers.