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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

January 15, 2008

UW-Green Bay Jazz Fest features saxophonist Ed Calle

Ed Calle GREEN BAY-Ed Calle, a two-time Emmy-nominated saxophonist heard on hundreds of recordings, is the guest artist for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Jazz Fest on Saturday, Jan. 26 in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. The concert is breaking long-time tradition for the 38-year-old event with a late afternoon 4 p.m. start time.

UW-Green Bay Director of Jazz Studies John Salerno says he is trying the new time to avoid an awkward lag and loss of energy for the musicians and students who participate in the intensive daylong activities and the final concert. "I'm excited about it," says Salerno. "There will be no down time."

Calle can be heard as a soloist and sideman on many recordings, and two of his solo recordings, "Ed Calle Plays Santana" and "In the Zone," which features original compositions and jazz standards, have received Grammy nominations. He appears on Grammy-award winning albums by Frank Sinatra, Vicky Carr, Arturo Sandoval and Jon Secada. He has recorded and performed around the world with artists such as Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Rhianna, Vanessa Williams, and others, and has been heard on numerous television and motion picture soundtracks. Calle is a member of the Miami Saxophone Quartet, leads the Fuego Caliente Latin Jazz Orchestra, and owns and operates a recording studio. He is finishing production on his newest recording featuring all new original Latin jazz compositions and arrangements.

Calle will perform with the UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble on several numbers including some that he has recorded with Arturo Sandoval. Those include "Rene's Song," arranged by John Salerno, and Calle's own arrangements of "Take the A-Train," and the theme from "I Love Lucy." The UW-Green Bay Vocal Jazz Ensemble will join in on "Why Not," arranged by John and Chris Salerno.

The concert also provides an opportunity to feature trumpeter Adam Gaines, who joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in August. In addition to teaching, Gaines has an active performance schedule and numerous compositions and arrangements to his credit.

The 4 p.m. concert will open with two high school jazz ensembles selected as "outstanding" for their performances in the day's activities.

John Salerno directs the UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble and Chris Salerno directs the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Tickets for the Jazz Fest concert are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The numbers for tickets are (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587.

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