At its 8th annual Jazz Festival, Colorado Jazz Workshop is honoring and featuring its talented directors Keith Oxman, Marc Sabatella, Rex Matzke, and Ron LeGault. Joining that stellar lineup will be longtime CJW friend and supporter, internationally recognized trumpeter/composer Bob Montgomery.
Bob Montgomery: Trumpet
Bob Montgomery, an internationally recognized performing artist, has appeared throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, Great Britain, New Zealand and the United States. He has performed in back-up orchestras for such artists as Sammy Davis Jr., Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, and Nancy Wilson. Bob toured Europe with Clark Terry’s “Big Bad Band,” served as artist-in residence in Adelaide, South Australia, appeared as featured soloist with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra for the International Trumpet Guild, and appeared at Town Hall in New York City with Clark Terry for the New York JVC Jazz Festival’s tribute to Terry.
Keith Oxman: Saxophone
Keith Oxman, a Denver, Colorado native, has gigged steadily as a leader and as a sideman for more than 25 years — including a stint on the road with the Buddy Rich Big Band. He also has appeared with artists such as Sonny Stitt, Art Blakey, Jack McDuff, Tom Harrell, Jon Hendricks and Mel Tormé. His sound and style are original, and his abilities as a writer make him a force to be reckoned with. While his original compositions have the qualities to make them standards for tomorrow’s musicians, his arrangements breathe life into little8th Annual CJW Jazz Festival heard standards. An excellent improviser, with a fine sound, agile technique and sure harmonic sense, Keith Oxman can swing like crazy.
Marc Sabatella: Piano
Marc Sabatella is a composer, and educator based in Denver, Colorado. His music has been characterized as “happily subverting the mainstream,” combining the “unpredictability of Thelonious Monk and lyricism of Bill Evans.” Marc has worked with the area’s top players, including Keith Oxman, Fred Hess, Ron Miles, Art Lande, and Hugh Ragin, as well as jazz greats such as Delfeayo Marsalis, Bobby Shew, John Fedchock, Allan Harris, Greg Abate, Red Holloway, Pete Christlieb, Marcus Printup, Wessell Anderson, Javon Jackson, Chico Freeman, Mel Martin, Sunny Wilkinson, and others.
Rex Matzke: Saxophone
Rex Matzke holds a B.M.E. and a M. M. from the University of Nebraska and has pursued a Doctor of Arts in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy with a Secondary Emphasis in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado. Rex has performed with Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, Bobby Shew, David Baker, Dominic Spera, Rich Matteson, Buddy Baker, Ed Shaughnessy, Milt Hinton, Bill Watrous, Denis DiBlasio and has toured with Big Band USA, the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, and the University of Northern Colorado Lab 1.
Ron LeGault: Piano
Pianist and arranger Ron LeGault has performed with Denis DiBlasio, Bobby Shew, Brad Goode, Bootsy Barnes, Larry McKenna, John Vanore, Dale Devoe, Dru Heller. Ron’s Quintet performs regularly at such venues as Hotel St.Julien and Caffe Sole in Boulder. At Chistmas, his quintet performs the musical suite “Charlie Brown goes to the Nutcracker “: The music of Vince Guaraldi combined with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite featuring his original arrangements. Guest artists have included Mark Diamond, Ron Bland, Bob Montgomery, John Mills, Al Hermann, Todd Reid, Kevin Smith, Andy Salas, Matthew Floyd, Jill Frederickson, Chris Lee, Scott Simon, Brianna Harris, and Max Wagner.