Jazz@First: Benny Rides Again: The Music of the Benny Goodman Quartet

Sunday, April 15, 2018 @2pm | First Unitarian Church

Clarinetist Benny Goodman was the rock star of the swing era, known as the leader of one of the great dance bands. But his virtuosic work with his quartet featuring pianist Teddy Wilson and vibist Lionel Hampton was stunning and groundbreaking. Clarinetist Joe Lukasik and vibist Rusty Burge bring these gorgeous arrangements to life with their own personal improvisational voices.

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Joe Lukasik, clarinet

Joe Lukasik is the clarinetist for The Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band, a group that has delighted audiences around the world with its wonderful music and good humor for over twenty years. Joe appeared as part of the Jazz@First series for the CCJO in 2017.

Rusty Burge, vibraphone

Rusty Burge joined the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music faculty in 1992 as a member of Percussion Group Cincinnati, with whom he has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Recent performances include the Japan World Drum Festival, Chinese International Music Festival, Taipei International Percussion Convention, the Ravinia Festival, Merkin Hall in New York City and the International Percussion Convention. He has recorded with the Group for the Mode, Centaur, Einstein and Ars Moderno labels. The Group has also made concerto appearances with more than twenty different symphony orchestras. He was formerly principal percussionist with the West Virginia Symphony and plays extra with the Cincinnati Symphony. He received his undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music and a masters degree from CCM.

Professor Burge teaches percussion, jazz vibraphone and directs the CCM Steel band.  He is an active jazz vibraphonist who has recorded for Summit, J Curve Records, Human Records and Telarc. Recent jazz performances with Ted Nash, Rich Perry, Peter Erskine, Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid, Steve Allee, Steve Houghton, Roland Vazquez, Michael Spiro and Jim Rupp. Recent performances at the 2016 PASIC Convention, the 2016 Midwest Clinic and the 2017 JEN Convention with the BAHA Quartet (Burge, Allee, Houghton and Allen.) His latest recordings are Faraway (with Steve Allee) and Driftin’ with Steve Houghton, Steve Allee and Jeremy Allen.

About Benny Goodman

Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the “King of Swing”.

In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States. His concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 1938 is described by critic Bruce Eder as “the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz’s ‘coming out’ party to the world of ‘respectable’ music.”

Goodman’s bands launched the careers of many major jazz artists. During an era of racial segregation, he led one of the first well-known integrated jazz groups. Goodman performed nearly to the end of his life while exploring an interest in classical music.