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Arts at Clarke Gold Series Begins with an Evening of Jazz, Sept. 13

posted on August 30, 2005

Clarke College’s 2005-2006 Arts at Clarke Gold Series will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 13, with a jazz performance by Randy Sabien, Corky Siegel and Frank Donaldson. The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Admission is $5 and tickets can be reserved by calling (563)584-8642 weekdays between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

National Public Radio’s “Jazz Profiles” dubbed Randy Sabien “the past, present and future of jazz violin.” His eclectic style started with classical violin lessons. In 1989, he followed his heart to northern Wisconsin where he started his own record label, “Fiddlehead Music.” Since then, he has released another six titles with two more in the works. His discography is predominantly jazz with a couple of albums that cover country swing, roots blues and rock-and-roll from the 1960s. He also plays regularly as a guest jazz violin soloist with symphonies across the country.

For almost four decades, Corky Siegel has been hailed as a “phenomenal virtuoso on harmonica... a deft accomplished genius of the blues,” and a pioneer who brings his original award-winning benchmark compositions to delighted audiences globally. He is a composer, blues pianist, singer/songwriter, and recent winner of the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest/Meet the Composer’s national award for chamber music composition and the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition.

Frank Donaldson is a leading exponent of funk, fusion and jazz drumming, as well as an accomplished band leader. He began studying piano at age seven and switched to drums at age nine. He turned professional at age fifteen. He was a member of Archie Bell and the Drells who had the Billboard number one hit “The Tighten Up.” He has toured world-wide at auditoriums, festivals and symphony orchestras including the American Symphony Orchestra in New York. He is currently on the faculty of Columbia College and tours with his own jazz ensemble as well as the Chicago Jazz Ensemble.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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