OU School Of Music Presents “Mingus-Monk-Morgan”

From the WOUB Music & Arts Blog
By Mitchell Kinnen, Photos by Sydney Good

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the Glidden Recital Hall at Ohio University will fill with music from some of the most well-known jazz artists of the 20th century.

“Mingus–Monk–Morgan” begins at 7:30 p.m. and features the two OU Jazz Ensemble Combos, as well as Jazz Spoken Here.

The combos, led by John Horne and Alex Burgoyne, feature OU students, while Jazz Spoken Here, led by School of Music Director Michael Parkinson, is made up of OU faculty and staff, including Guy Remonko, Terry Douds, Jeremy Schaffer, Matt James and Graham Stewart.

While the full Jazz Ensembles are multi-section, 18-piece bands, the Jazz Combos are much smaller, often made up of eight or 10 musicians. According to Horne, there is a give and take when working with fewer musicians.

“Because the combos are much smaller, the composed material is less intricate, but each piece allows much more room for improvisation, personal expression and interplay between the musicians,” he said.

They will have a lot to work with too, as the program will present compositions by jazz legends Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Lee Morgan and Miles Davis. Specific pieces include include Davis’ “Seven Steps to Heaven,” Morgan’s “Ceora” and Monk’s “Pannonica.”

“I’m looking forward to all of them, actually,” said Horne. “Each piece has its own personality.”

While Jazz Combo I features a traditional lineup of instruments, the personnel of Jazz Combo II is slightly unorthodox.

“Jazz Combo II has a very unusual instrumentation,” Horne explained. “It utilizes flute, violin, saxophone, bass clarinet and bass trombone to create very lush textures.”

While the material would be challenging for any musician, Horne feels his students are up to that challenge.

“We have to spend a little more time arranging music for the groups, but it’s always rewarding when a group finds its own unique sound,” he said.

Admission to the concert is free. For more information, visit www.finearts.ohio.edu/music or the OU School of Music’s Facebook page.

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In Memory of Ron Scott 1924 – 2008

My friend Ron Scott passed away over the weekend. Ron was one of the most delightful and inspirational people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know and he was a fantastic jazz guitarist as well.

I first met Ron while I was working as a salesperson at Studio E Music and I was instantly charmed by his quick wit and smile. He always enjoyed sharing stories of his time on the road performing with Alvino Ray and other well-known big band musicians; and he always had an encouraging things to say about my own endeavors as a guitarist and teacher. His kind words meant a lot to me and inspired me to work harder to live up to the extraordinary compliments he paid me. As Ron’s health deteriorated in recent years his positive outlook never seemed to. He still loved to talk and share stories and he occasionally phoned to check up on me. I will remember my friend Ron fondly.

Ronald Wayne Scott, age 84 of Athens, Husband, Father, Musician and Friend passed away Saturday morning Sept. 27, 2008 at Hickory Creek Nursing Center, The Plains. Born on August 20, 1924 in Columbus, he was the son of the late Violet Matheny Maybach and Marvin H. Scott. Raised by his maternal grandparents, Sarah and Bernard Matheny, he grew up in Laurel Run, Ohio during The Great Depression.

After graduating from high school, Ron enlisted in the Coast Guard where he served as a signalman in the South Pacific. After the war, he returned to Southeastern Ohio where he met and married his late wife of 42 years, Donna Liggett of New Marshfield, who passed away in 1990.

A self-taught musician, Ron won state and regional guitar competitions from an early age. He continued to perform as a band member and guitar soloist for the rest of his life. As a member of the Coast Guard Band, he played with many Big Band musicians. Later he met and performed with such well-known celebrities as Bob Hope, Andy Griffith and pedal steel guitarist “Speedy” West. Beyond his musical accomplishments, Ron received multiple honors from Eastman Kodak for his work as a lithographer at Lawhead Press, Athens, where he worked until he retired in 1988.

Ron is survived by his children; Tressa Scott (Mark) Fox of Hornby Island, British Columbia and Jeffrey (Deborah) Scott of Athens; grandsons Aaron and Jacob Fox of Montreal, Quebec; two sisters- Dorothy Holder of Corpus Christi, Texas; Ardis Ellingson of Durango, Colorado; a brother Thomas Scott and stepmother Julia Scott, both of Seaside, Oregon.

Funeral service will be conducted Thursday 2:00PM at Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens by Rev. Lee Ortman with burial in New Marshfield Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday 1:00PM until time of service. Military rites will be conducted by K.T. Crossen Post 21 American Legion, VFW Post 3477 and VFW Post 9893 Honor Guards at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ohio University School of Music in memory of Ronald W. Scott, c/o The Ohio University Foundation, P.O. Box 869, Athens 45701.

Lost In Translation

I just Googled myself and found a blog called “The Doors to the Past” that had reprinted the article that the Athens NEWS ran on my residency at HVCRC last month. Obviously it’s been chewed up and spit out by an auto-translator more than once and the results are hysterical. Enjoy.

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Editor’s note: The wide names of the litter offenders in this article are not being cast-off out of high opinion for their privacy.

You haunt through a set of duplicate goblet doors adorned with announcements printed on yellow cardboard. You sustain previous a poster with an batch of pictures, and past a ceramic mural that stretches from the ceiling to the floor. While walking around a periphrastic hallway, you advised snippets of conversation, doors closing and the set of music.

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