Jazz Trio Swings into Scranton

02/16/10

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Jazz pianist Antonio Ciacca will lead a jazz trio concert on March 10 at The University of Scranton’s Houlihan-McLean Center.

Jazz Trio Swings into Scranton

     World-renowned jazz pianist Antonio Ciacca will take the stage with his band at The University of Scranton for a concert that is free and open to the public. The group, who “swings with a sense of fun,” according to Backbeat Magazine, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10 at the University’s Houlihan-McLean Center.

     Ciacca acknowledges his bebop inspired style, characterized by a fast tempo and improvisation, has also been influenced by the passion and energy of gospel music. The Bologna conservatory graduate began his career playing with Art Farmer, James Moody, Lee Konitz, Jonny Griffin, Mark Murphy, Dave Liebman and Steve Grossman. Ciacca was the pianist for Steve Lacy for seven years and has toured extensively throughout the world with jazz legend Benny Golson. He also opened for Wynton Marsalis’ concerts in Italy. 

     Ciacca proved himself on the world stage with performances at famous venues such as Pizza Express and Ronnie Scott's in London, the Blue Note in Milan, Alexander Platz in Rome, London Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz festival, Stockholm Jazz Festival and the Village Vanguard.

     Currently, Ciacca serves as director of programming for Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he works closely with artistic director Wynton Marsalis. He continues to perform around the United States and abroad. His new album, “Rush Life,” was released in 2009. 

     For additional information regarding this event, contact Cheryl Y. Boga, director of Performance Music at The University of Scranton, at (570) 941-7624 or www.scranton.edu/music.


Press Release Contact:
Stan Zygmunt
Director of News & Media Relations
The University of Scranton
(570)-941-7662