Guitarist Mike Stern to Perform Music of Wes Montgomery, Beatles, Ellington and More with HSO Jazz & Strings February 8

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HARTFORD, January 17, 2013 – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra‘s 2012-2013 Jazz and Strings Series will continue with a tribute to jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery at Fusion! A Tribute to Wes Montgomery on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at the Theater of the Performing Arts at the Learning Corridor in Hartford.  Featuring six-time Grammy nominee Mike Stern, this concert also will include performances by Jazz and Strings Artistic Director and HSO principal timpanist Gene Bozzi, HSO bassist Rick Rozie, frequent HSO arranger and pianist Walter Gwardyak, members of the HSO string section, and guitar students from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.

Jazz and Strings Artistic Director Gene Bozzi says, “When I was planning this year’s Jazz & Strings programs, I felt it was time to include a jazz guitar concert and was aware of the albums that Wes had done with string arrangements by masters like Don Sebetsky, Claus Oberman and Oliver Nelson…I met Mike Stern several years ago when I was playing a jazz festival in Russia. He’s one of the top jazz guitarists on the scene today with an extremely busy touring schedule and I was thrilled that he was available to play this concert with us.” The concert’s program will include Montgomery’s  “West Coast Blues” and “S.O.S.,” “Somewhere from Bernstein’s West Side Story, The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” Miles Davis’ “Tune Up,” and Duke Ellington’s “Caravan,” plus original charts by Mike Stern.

In a career that spans three decades and a discography that includes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings, six-time GRAMMY nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation. He has been the recipient of the Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year award by the readers and critics of Guitar Player magazine, Orville W. Gibson Award for Best Jazz Guitarist, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal’s Miles Davis Award, and Guitar Player magazine’s Certified Legend Award.

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HSO JAZZ AND STRINGS: Fusion! A Tribute to Wes Montgomery

with Mike Stern, guitar; Gene Bozzi, artistic director & drums; Edward Rozie, bass; Walter Gwardyak, piano; students from the Greater Hartford Arts Academy and The Hartt School
Friday, February 8, 2013 ? 8:00 p.m.
Theater of the Performing Arts at the Learning Cooridor?359 Washington Street, Hartford?Free, Secure Parking
Ticket Information: Tickets are $40 for center orchestra seating and $20 for general orchestra seating. Student tickets are $10. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-2013 season is sponsored by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra receives major support from the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.