Grammy Winner Eddie Daniels Leads off Ellington Series on September 14


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"It is a rare event in jazz where one man can all but reinvent an instrument bringing it to a new stage of evolution." --Leonard Feather

Eddie Daniels, the remarkable jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, will perform the first concert of the season on the Yale School of Music's Duke Ellington Fellowship Series on Friday, September 14 at 8:00 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. Daniels will perform with his quartet, featuring Tom Ranier, piano, Dave Finck, bass, and Lewis Nash, drums. Daniels first came to the attention of jazz audiences as a tenor saxophonist with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. A single clarinet solo recorded with that group garnered sufficient attention for him to win Downbeat Magazine's International Critics New Star on Clarinet Award. He has since made countless recordings and has won several Grammy awards and nominations. Of his 2006 CD, Mean What You Say, JazzTimes exclaimed, “In a word, Daniels dazzles." Tickets for the concert are only $18 to $28 ($12 students), and are available at the Sprague Hall Box Office, 470 College Street (corner of Wall St.) Mon. - Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and on the day of the concert from 9 am to approximately 9 pm. Tickets may also be purchased online. For information, call (203) 432-4158 or visit the School of Music website.

An acknowledged artist in the realm of classical music, Eddie Daniels has been invited by Yale clarinet professor David Shifrin to give a Public Master Class for Yale clarinet students. The master class will take place on Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 pm in Sudler Recital Hall in W.L. Harkness Hall, next door to Sprague Hall. Admission is free to the master class.

Eddie Daniels began clarinet at age 13 and received his Masters in Clarinet from the Juilliard School. He revolutionized the blend of jazz and classical, and not only thrills audiences around the world, but is a true musician's musician. He is equally at home in both jazz and classical music, and excels at both with breathtaking virtuosity. His overriding ambition is to reach as many people as possible with his music, to enlarge the audience for both jazz and classical music and at the same time to tear down the walls separating them. In Eddie's hands, the music of Mozart can be as engaging as that of Charlie Parker and a concert featuring both can be a uniquely rewarding experience for the audience.

This story appears courtesy of Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services.
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