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Faculty Artist Series: “Jazz, Drenched with Blues and Funk” featuring faculty ensemble Gator Tail with special guest pianist Teo Ciavarella


About the event

Gator Tail: left to right: Greg Yasinitsky, David Jarvis, Brad Ard and Brian Ward


Gator Tail, the Washington State University faculty quartet featuring saxophonist, Greg Yasinitsky; organist Brian Ward; guitarist Brad Ard; and percussionist Dave Jarvis will present the concert “Jazz, Drenched in Blues and Funk” on Tuesday, September 12th, at 8:00 pm, in Kimbrough Concert Hall on the WSU Campus, as part of the WSU Faculty Artist Series. Special guest for the program is renowned Italian jazz pianist Teo Ciavarella, one of Europe’s finest jazz artists.

Gator Tail is a group which features the classic combination of tenor saxophone, Hammond organ, guitar and drums, producing a jazz sound with an added emphasis of blues and funk. The program will include originals by the members of the group including Ard’s “Digsville” and “Undercurrent;” Yasinitsky’s “Partial Eclipse” and “Nights of Wind and Water,” along with tunes from the recent Gator Tail CD including Ward’s “Count Dutch.” Joining Gator Tail for a few selections will be European piano virtuoso Teo Ciavarella. Listeners who appreciate jazz with a dose of funky blues are in for a treat.

General admission is $10.00, seniors and non-WSU students are $5.00 and WSU students are free. All proceeds go to support music scholarships in the WSU School of Music.