A trombonist and prolific, highly diverse composer who recently retired from The University of Utah's School of Music after nearly 40 years as Director Of Jazz Studies, Henry Wolking has found creative inspiration in writing for almost every imaginable type of large and small ensemble in classical and jazz music. His prodigious orchestral output includes symphonies, fantasies, and an overture as well as eight concertos featuring various soloists such as jazz quartet, trombone, flute, heckelphone, bassoon, contrabassoon, two pianos and horn. Major music outlets have published more than a hundred of his jazz and brass chamber ensemble works. His catalogue of orchestral, band and jazz ensemble works also is offered through his own company, Wolking Music Publication, (wolkingmusicpublications.com). Over 50 of his jazz big band and small ensemble works are currently available from Ejazzlines (ejazzlines.com). This is his second PARMA recording. His first, CROSS CONNECTION was released on the Navona label in March of 2013. It has received glowing reviews and features “Gone Playin’ for clarinet and string orchestra, and his string quartet, “The Old Gypsy”.
A native of Orlando, Florida, Wolking enjoys bringing complex, sometimes seemingly disparate mixes of compositional elements to music that becomes easily approachable for listeners who appreciate its sincere, fresh cosmopolitan character. The gifts of polyrhythms, melodic chorales, and unmistakable grooving inflections of jazz are treated with the same deep sense of artistic integrity and respect as are fanfare motifs, classic musical forms such as waltzes and tangos, the folk sounds of Central and Eastern Europe, and Afro-Cuban rhythms that infuse his various works. He also composed the theme music for the International Sports Broadcasting in connection with the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City, Utah. www.henrywolking.com
SALT LAKE CITY JAZZ ORCHESTA (SLCJO)
The Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra was founded in 1973 by saxophonist/clarinetist Jerry Floor and trumpeter Bill Crismon. Then known as the Floor/Crismon Big Band, the ensemble performed for conventions, parties and backed performers that came through Salt Lake City. Henry Wolking was a charter member of the band, playing lead and jazz trombone. The Floor/Crismon big band would later become known as The JAM Band and, in 2004, as an important component of the Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival, Mayor Rocky Anderson and TV host, Larry King, renamed the band, The Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra. (SLCJO)
The SLCJO has backed many entertainers such as Seth Macfarlane, Doc Severinsen and Johnny Mathis. It has also hosted guest performers like Phil Woods, Eddie Daniels, Nancy Wilson, Clark Terry, and dozens more.
The SLCJO is Salt Lake City’s “Lab Band” as well. The band invites music students and composer/arrangers to bring their skills to the rehearsals for educational purposes. The 18 piece SLCJO is a major music force in Salt Lake City and Utah.
Greg is a 3rd generation musician from Salt Lake City, UT. He is a graduate of the University of Utah where he earned his BA in Music in 1996 during Henry Wolking’s tenure as Director of the Jazz Department. Since then, Greg has been a featured soloist with the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra, recorded two solo CD’s as leader and many others as a sideman, taught jazz theory and improvisation at the University of Utah, Snow College, and Westminster College, backed countless artists, soloed with the Utah Symphony, and received his Master in Music from the New England Conservatory of Music. Greg and his family currently reside in Boston, MA where he performs regularly with the Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Saxophone Quartet and works full-time as the Director of Admissions at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology from which he graduated with his Master of Divinity in 2005.
California native David Halliday studied with Grammy-winning jazz sax legend, Joe Henderson as a teen. His musical travels include 46 states, 8 European countries, Puerto Rico and Cuba. He has appeared on BET, the WB show Everwood, KBYUTV, Josh Groban’s Awake Live DVD, and numerous Utah television shows, and his saxophone playing has aired on Touched By An Angel (ABC), ABC’s NBA theme, CBS, ESPN, HBO, Showtime, NFL Network, Speed TV, and many more. Halliday’s original compositions have aired on television in twenty countries worldwide. He attended Loyola in New Orleans, where he played in the legendary funk band, Galactic. His live performance credits include Josh Groban, Ben Folds, Maxwell, The Temptations, the Four Tops, Dizzy Gillespie, the Utah Symphony, and many more. Halliday serves as Associate Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at the University of Utah, and private saxophone instructor, Survey of Jazz professor, and director of the Jazz Ensemble at Westminster College. He holds a BM in Saxophone Performance with an Emphasis in Jazz Studies from BYU and an MM in Jazz Performance and Composition from the University of Utah.
Kris Johnson is an award-winning jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator. He has appeared on an impressive list of albums including two Grammy-nominated releases: Tony Bennett’s "A Swingin’ Christmas" and Karen Clark Sheard’s "All In One". Kris is a trumpeter and arranger with the Count Basie Orchestra. In 2013 he was featured in the standup-comedy film "Make Me Wanna Holla" starring Sinbad. Currently, Kris is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Utah. He received his master’s (2007) and bachelor’s (2005) degrees in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University. In 2012, Kris received an ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers award and was selected as one of 25 Detroit performing and literary artists to receive a Kresge Artist Fellowship. Mr. Johnson is aslo the former director of Detroit Symphony's Civic Jazz Orchestra.
Multi-instrumentalist Kevin Stout born in Salt Lake City, Utah,is the youngest of six siblings. He began playing and singing at an early age, and by the time he was 8, he was studying the accordion. By age 14, he was already playing multiple instruments as well as composing and arranging. At 16, he was leading his own band and arranging all of the music, studying trombone with Carson Sharp, and working as a studio bassist.
In 1978, Kevin joined BTB, a disco band based in Cincinnati, Ohio. After this group disbanded, he moved to Las Vegas to join Sidros' Armada, and has worked with numerous acts such as Barbara Streisand, Josh Groban, and Aretha Franklin. Kevin was a member of the Four Freshmen jazz vocal group for eight years where he sang the baritone part and played trombone, guitar and bass.
Kevin and his partner, saxophonist Brian Booth have released four cd’s on the Jazzed5 label. The latest is a tribute to his home state of Utah, entitled “Color Country”. They may be found at www.jazzed5.com Kevin married Linda Strohmenger in 1991 and they have four children, Abigail, Bryce, Clarissa and Dylan, all teen-agers, and a tortoise named Jay.
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