Lawrence University Faculty Jazz Quartet
Monday, October 17, 2017
The Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
Lawrence University boasts a world-renowned conservatory of music within a nationally ranked liberal arts college. Conservatory professors, outstanding musicians in their own right, perform regularly throughout the country. Join them at the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant in Minneapolis for a memorable night of jazz.
These artistically adventurous jazz virtuosos have delighted audiences around the world. Joined by current student musicians and alumni pros, this is a one-night performance you won't want to miss. Register below.
Special guest performances by Minnesota-based Lawrence alumni.
Seating is limited—register today!
General Admission: $30 (includes refreshments)
Admission is FREE for high school students, music teachers and counselors but you must register below.
The Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Performance: 6:30 p.m.
Assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies
José Encarnación leads the jazz improvisation classes, coaches jazz small groups, teaches applied jazz saxophone and coordinates the jazz performance program at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. He studied saxophone, flute and clarinet at the Free School of Music in San Juan, Puerto Rico, completed a Bachelor of Music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated magna cum laude, and received a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music (including the 2002 Schirmer Prize in Jazz Performance). He previously served as assistant professor of jazz saxophone at the Eastman School of Music; instructor of saxophone, Latin Jazz Performance Workshop, and Youth Saxology for the Eastman Community School; and as jazz ensemble conductor at the Rochester (N.Y.) School of the Arts.
He has performed jazz, salsa and Latin music with the Bob Mintzer Big Band, the Dave Rivello Ensemble, Gilberto Santarosa, Roberto Rohena, Bobby Valentin, Domingo Quinones, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Tito Puente, Danilo Perez, Dave Valentin, Giovanni Hidalgo, Batacumbele, Humberto Ramirez and David Sanchez. His pops performances include appearances with the Temptations, Dianne Reeves, Natalie Cole, Doc Severinsen, Lou Rawls, New York Voices, Brasilia, Ann Hampton Calloway and the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, Rochester and Green Bay.
Assistant professor of music
Trombonist Tim Albright enjoys a diverse career as an internationally recognized chamber musician, jazz artist, soloist and educator. He joined the Lawrence faculty in 2016, and was previously on faculty at State University of New York at Purchase and the Juilliard School Pre-College Division. A member of the acclaimed Atlantic Brass Quintet since 2007, Mr. Albright is an enthusiastic performer and advocate of chamber music. With Atlantic, Mr. Albright collaborates regularly with collegiate and community music programs nationwide, tours internationally, and holds an annual two-week summer seminar in Boston.
Mr. Albright’s varied musical pursuits have taken him throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. He is a member of the Alan Ferber Big Band, Argento New Music Project, Iris Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, Steve Lehman Octet, and Miguel Zenón Identities Jazz Orchestra. He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, The Knights Chamber Orchestra , Steve Coleman and Five Elements, International Contemporary Ensemble, American Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Brass, Don Byron, WDR Big Band, Talea Ensemble and Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. He has been the principal trombonist of numerous Broadway shows including On the Town, Evita, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, Westside Story, Spamalot, and Fosse.
Mr. Albright has had the pleasure of playing with popular artists such as Barbra Streisand, Paul Newman, Beirut, Bruce Willis, Emmylou Harris, Carol King, Jay-Z, Rufus Wainwright, The National and Sufjan Stevens. He has recorded extensively with major labels including RCA Victor, Universal Music, Summit Records, Sunnyside, New World Records, Pi Recordings, aeon, and Label Bleu.
Associate professor of music
Mark Urness is a versatile bassist, composer and educator. His diverse performance experience encompasses orchestral, chamber, jazz, salsa and solo playing. He has served as principal bassist for the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and for five seasons was principal bassist for the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra.
From 1999 to 2001 he freelanced in New York City, where he played with Adam Nussbaum, Lew Soloff, Eric Rasmussen and Curtis Fowlkes, among others. He was awarded first prize in the International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition, and performed with Bill Mays and Tim Froncek at the 2001 ISB Convention.
His compositions appear on several recordings, including the Bob Washut Trio’s Songbook, Triptych’s Play Here, and the University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band I’s Northern Exposure. Recent recordings include Mafficked Simulacrum with the University of Iowa’s jazz faculty group, oftEnsemble; a new album with the salsa band Orquesta Alto Maiz; and a project with Iowa City’s eclectic jazz quartet, OddBar.
Prior to his appointment to the faculty of Lawrence University, Urness taught at the University of Iowa, Coe College and the University of Northern Iowa. He received a Master of Music in double bass performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Northern Iowa, and studied music and computer science at the University of Iowa.
In 2003, drummer and percussionist Zach Harmon became a member of the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz All-Stars with whom he toured Japan and performed at the 2003 Monterey Jazz Festival. Also in 2003, he enrolled in the Thornton School of Music at USC where he studied with the great Terri Lyne Carrington.
After his sophomore year, he transferred to the Masters program at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz where he studied with Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Haden, Wallace Roney, Benny Golson, Robert Hurst, Lewis Nash, and many others. As a member of the Monk Institute, he toured with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, performing in cultural outreach programs throughout Vietnam and India.
Zach studied tabla with Abhiman Kaushal and recorded tabla on Terence Blanchard’s Grammy-award winning album A Tale of God’s Will for Blue Note Records. Over the years, as a versatile drummer and percussionist, Zach has performed with artists such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Charles Altura, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Billy Childs, John Doe, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Angel Luís Figueroa, Lázaro Galarraga, Sara Gazarek, Larry Goldings, Tigran Hamasyan, Geoffrey Keezer, Kris Kristofferson, Abe Laboriel, Sr., Greg Leisz, John Pizzarelli, Austin Peralta, John C. Reilly, Anoushka Shankar, Walter Smith III, Terrell Stafford, Dayna Stephens, Anthony Wilson and many others.
Zach continues to perform, record, compose and teach around the world.