Charles Crosman will perform at
EOU Jan. 12.
Jazz musician Charles Crosman's visit to EOU includes master class in guitar
Stephanie Brookhart | Journalism Intern
Marketing, Development & Public Affairs
Source: Matt Cooper | Professor of Music
7 January 2009
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - Eastern Oregon University is proud to present jazz guitarist Charles Crosman in concert Monday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. in Groth Recital Hall, located in Loso Hall.
Crosman has been a distinctive presence in the musical landscape of the Northwest for many years. A resident of White Salmon, Wash., Crosman is a musician's musician. His extensive repertoire of jazz and bossa nova standards, along with his tasteful reharmonizations, has made him quite popular with jazz aficionados.
Crosman is a former guitar student of Pat Martino and Ray Brown, (son of bandleader Les Brown), and has also studied at the University of California-Santa Cruz and Boston's legendary Berklee School of Music. His career spans internationally from teaching at the Creative School of Musicianship in Auckland, New Zealand, to performing with bassist Red Mitchell in Stockholm, Sweden. Over the past 30 years, Crosman has also taught thousands of guitar lessons.
Crosman's expertise is not limited to the guitar. He is also an accomplished jazz pianist and cites pianists Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett among his primary influences.
"Having always been a theory nut, I've spent tons of energy building an extensive background with jazz standards repertoire," Crosman said when describing his own style. "Advanced reharmonization and arranging techniques discovered through transcription have always been the wellspring of my muse and inspiration." The concert is funded by the EOU Foundation's Visiting Artists Fund and the EOU Jazz Combo. Admission is free with donations accepted for the Visiting Artists Fund and the Jazz Combo.
In addition to the solo concert, Crosman will also visit EOU music classes, teach guitar and coach the EOU Jazz Combo during his visit. He will present a one-hour guitar master class, which is open to the public, on the morning of Jan. 13. For more information contact Matt Cooper at (541) 962-3559.
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