Jazz Saxophonist Ralph Lalama To Open Performing Arts Series At Lee

Friday, September 13, 2013
Ralph Lalama
Ralph Lalama

The Lee University School of Music will kick off this year’s Performing Arts Series with a jazz concert by Ralph Lalama and the Boling, Brown & Holloway Trio on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Dixon Center. 

Tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama graduated from The Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University (Ohio). There, he was recognized for his remarkable talent by the legendary Thad Jones. Since that time, Lalama has become a widely respected jazz master through his work in the big bands of Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Carla Bley and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra).

In addition to touring, Mr. Lalama teaches as an adjunct professor at New York University and SUNY Purchase. He has served as a clinician at the Eastman School of Music, University of Memphis, University of Louisville, University of Tennessee, Temple University and at the Manhattan School of Music’s Marca Jazz Camp in Venice, Italy.

The Boling, Brown & Holloway Trio is composed of guitarist Mark Boling, drummer Keith Brown, and bassist Rusty Holloway. 

Mr. Boling is a composer and author, as well as an associate professor of music and coordinator of the jazz program at the University of Tennessee’s School of Music.

Mr. Holloway has been a professor in both the classical and jazz areas at the University of Tennessee since 1978, and has played with musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie and Liza Minelli.

Mr. Brown teaches full time in University of Tennessee’s School of Music and conducts the university’s jazz ensemble.

The group will perform pieces composed by Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, and Lalama, among others. 

This event is free of charge and open to the public, but tickets are required. To reserve a ticket, contact the Lee University Box Office, open 3-6 p.m. daily, at 614-8343.

For more information about this event, please contact the School of Music at 614-8240.
Boling, Brown & Holloway Trio
Boling, Brown & Holloway Trio

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