We are honored to have Will Campbell as a guest on JAZZ LIVES!!! with CurtJazz during the 7:00pm hour on Thursday, June 9th. We will listen to tracks from some of Will’s recordings and discuss the emergent jazz scene in Charlotte.
Originally from North Carolina, Will Campbell is the Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Saxophone at UNC Charlotte. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance and Literature degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies) and Master of Music (Saxophone Performance) from the University of North Texas.
From 1990 to 1994, Will toured internationally as a member of the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra. Recording credits include Blue Light, Red Light and When My Heart Finds Christmas. Will has performed with artists such as Randy Brecker, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Doc Severinsen and ensembles such as The Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, and the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra.
Will was awarded a UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant in 2007 to record Think Tank (Cellar Live Records), his debut release as a leader and composer. In a review of Think Tank for All About Jazz, Raul d’Gama Rose stated, “Campbell is always meticulous in his pace, letting his warm, fat tone sing out as he constructs solos of breathtaking resonance.” In 2015, Campbell was a co-leader on the debut recording of the Unhinged Sextet, Clarity (OA2 Records), contributing as a composer and performer. Clarity has received glowing reviews and international airplay.
On Saturday, June 18th, Will Campbell will appear in the Jazz Arts Initiative’s The Jazz Room at the Stage Door Theater, in a tribute to legendary alto saxophonist, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley. There will be two performances, at 7:00pm and 9:15 pm.
JAZZ LIVES!!! with CurtJazz, airing LIVE every Thursday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm via CharlotteCommunityRadio, CLTCRadio.org, OR use the Mixlr app where you can listen and chat with our hosts and guests alike.
Curtis “CurtJazz” Davenport ~ JAZZ LIVES!!!