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THE JAZZ AMBASSADORS (article first published : 2004-03-1)

The Centre for Jazz at the University of KwaZulu Natal will host the US group, The Jazz Ambassadors on March 3 at around 17h20 at the Jazz Centre.

Jay Klum (vocalist & pianist) was a finalist in the 1992 John Coltrane Competition and a featured vocalist on saxophonist Benny Russell's European tour. Recordings include the soundtrack for the film In the Soup and drummer Leon Parker's Above and Below. With husband and saxophonist Ted Klum, she formed Alltribe Music and Alltribe Records LLC under which her 2002 release Home Cookin' appears.

Bill Heid (vocalist and keyboardist) has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe with stays in Japan and Singapore. He has played with artists such as Jimmy Ponder, Bruce Foreman, Grant Green, Sonny Stitt, David "Fathead" Newman, Grachan Monchur III, Eddie Gladden, and Mickey Roker. While based in Chicago he fronted his own groups and toured with blues artists Son Seals, Jimmy Witherspoon, John Lee Hooker, and Fenton Robinson, and played on several Alligator Records with Robinson, Ko Ko Taylor, and Roy Buchanan.

Patrick O'Leary (bassist) has toured the US, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia, and Japan with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, the Illinois Jacquet Orchestra, the Hal Garper Trio, and Teri Thornton. Also with Hampton, he recorded the Grammy-nominated Sentimental Journey (Atlantic). O'Leary has recorded with JR Monterose, Mundell Lowe, Mel Lewis, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jerry Bergozi, and Scott Robinson. Other artists with whom O'Leary has played include Diana Krall, James Moody, Junior Cook, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Barry Harris, Junior Mance, Joe Williams, and Marlena Shaw.

Michael D. Petrosino, drummer has performed with Slide Hampton, Gladys Knight, Ron Afif, Bruce Barth, Ralph Lallama, Steve Allen, Gerri Allen, Ben Vereen, Lou Rawls, Jeannie Bryson, Laverne Butler, Chris Potter, Rick Margitza, Dena Derose, The Fifth Dimension, The Temptations, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, the Bill Mobley Big Band, and the George Andre Brazilian Big Band.

More information from Glynis Malcolm-Smith on 031 260 3385, fax 031 260 2085 or email: malcolms@nu.ac.za




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