Date:   11/26/2010

Howard Levy Trio is joined by Janet Planet for a jazz-infused Thanksgiving concert.

The special Annual Thanksgiving Series returns for its seventh season on Friday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m.  This year's special jazz-infused concert, hosted by Janet Planet, will feature Grammy Award winner, harmonica virtuoso, Howard Levy in a jazz trio setting. Joining Howard will be percussionist Dane Richeson and bassist Mark Urness, with a special appearance by jazz vocalist, Janet Planet.  

Howard Levy is a musician without limits. His musical adventures include journeys into jazz, pop, rock, world music, Latin, classical, folk, blues, country, theater, and film. He has appeared on hundred of cdís, won a Grammy (1997), won a Joseph Jefferson Award (1986) for Best Original Music for a Play, and has performed many times on American and European television and radio.

Universally acknowledged as the world's most advanced diatonic harmonica player, Howard developed a fully chromatic style on the standard 10 - hole diatonic harmonica, revolutionizing harmonica playing and taking the instrument into totally new territory. He is also an accomplished pianist and composer, and plays many other instruments as well, including flute, ocarina, mandolin, saxophone, and percussion.

Howard was a founding member of the Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. He toured and recorded two albums with Kenny Loggins, and formed Trio Globo with Eugene Friesen and Glen Velez . Howard has also performed and/or recorded with Dolly Parton, Styx, Bobby McFerrin, Paul Simon, John Prine, Paquito DíRivera, Ken Nordine, and many others, as well as

As a music educator, Howard has taught hundreds of students privately, and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Berklee, Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Francis Parker School, given jazz clinics at high schools, and has given hundreds perfomances of "Music from around the World," a program of international music for children and adults.

Howard has an instructional video on Homespun Tapes. Called "New Directions for Harmonica". It deals with every aspect of Howard's revolutionary techniques, repair and adjustment of the harmonica, improvisational music theory. There is even has a section using ultrasound that shows the inside of a harmonica player's mouth as he plays.

Dane Richeson, Professor of Music at Lawrence University in Appleton, is recognized as one of the most versatile virtuosi in percussion. Throughout the world he has been featured in such diverse roles as solo marimbist, percussionist for contemporary chamber music, world percussion specialist and jazz drummer.  Mark Urness, also on staff at Lawrence University, is a versatile bassist, composer, and educator. His diverse performance experience encompasses orchestral, chamber, jazz, salsa, and solo playing. He has served as Principal Bassist for the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and for five seasons was Principal Bassist for the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra.

This project was supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Additional sponsorship is generously provided by ChiroPlus Complementary Health Care Centers and Yeomans-Edinger Chiropractic Center.

 

Tickets to see the Howard Levy Trio are only $20 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick Ďn Save & Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling 920-294-4279. On-line ticket sales are also now available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com. 

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