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Greg Gisbert

The 2016-17 University of Montana Jazz Artist Series continues Wednesday, Feb. 15, with trumpet virtuoso Greg Gisbert and his quartet. Other well-traveled musicians/educators in the nation will join Gisbert, a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

A news release states that “in addition to Gisbert, the Jazz Quartet will feature Denver-based bassist Ken Walker and drummer Jim White,” who was a UM Buddy DeFranco guest artist in 2012 and 2014.

In addition to the performance, the group will be working with UM students on Tuesday and Wednesday, presenting the university musicians an opportunity to interact and learn from the finest in the field of jazz performance. All the educational sessions are open to the public, according to the release.

The release continues: Gisbert has performed with such iconic jazz artists as Buddy Rich, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Herman, Maria Schneider, Clark Terry and more. Gisbert’s sidemen are just as experienced having played and toured internationally with varied musicians such as Willie Nelson, Allison Krauss and Maynard Ferguson.

“The emphasis of the UM Jazz Series is on performance, education, improvisation and the jazz language. Our program offers a truly educational experience for all – community members, jazz lovers, young aspiring musicians and especially our own college students,” said Rob Tapper, UM Director of Jazz Studies, assistant professor of trombone, and artistic director of the Jazz Series.

Looking ahead, the final event of the 2016-17 UM Jazz Artist Series is set for March 16 and 17 with the 37th annual UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival. Read the Missoulian for more information on the festival as it becomes available.

BOX: Jazz Artist ticket prices for the Greg Gisbert Quartet performance on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall on the Campus of the University of Montana are $25 for adults and $10 for students and $15 for seniors. For more information call 406-243-6880 or go to

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