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McNally Smith Faculty Artist Performance Series – Guitarist Jerry Kosak

The McNally Smith College of Music Faculty Artist Performance series will feature a guitar-driven performance of eclectic styles led by Jerry Kosak. McNally Smith faculty member Jerry Kosak will showcase his versatility as a guitarist and vocalist during this program of classical, blues, contemporary acoustic and jazz fusion music. Whether he’s performing a work by Argentinean classical guitarist Jorge Morel, some Jimmy Reed blues on the National resophonic guitar, or the jazz fusion of the Mahavishnu Orchestra with drummer Dave Schmalenberger and bassist Charles Fletcher, Jerry Kosak is a consummate guitarist. Jerry Kosak (with Dave Schmalenberger and Charles Fletcher) will perform on Wednesday, April 8, at 7:00 PM at the McNally Smith Auditorium, 19 E. Exchange St. in St. Paul. Admission is free and open to the public and the concert will be followed by a reception with food and beverage.

Jerry Kosak has performed on shows with Don Ross, Tommy Emmanuel, Bob Brozman, and Andy McKee. He has been a featured performer at major festivals including the Walnut Valley Festival, Canadian Guitar Festival, and National Resophonic Festival. In addition to McNally Smith, Jerry has been a member of the faculty at Northern Arizona University and MacPhail Center for Music. He was the winner of the Zietgiest Eric Stokes Song Contest in 2000 and 2001. Jerry was the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Grant and has received Artist Endorsements from National Resophonic Guitars and Petros Guitars. He is a member of ASCAP, the Minnesota Guitar Society and the American Composers Forum. Jerry has recorded two CDs of original music for solo guitar, Many Dances and Sounds Like This, and received awards for his compositions “Matágalpa” and “Many Dances.” His compositions range in style from classical to blues to modern progressive acoustic.

Jerry will be joined by drummer Dave Schmalenberger and bassist Charles Fletcher for the electric set at his faculty showcase. Dave has performed live with a wide variety of heavy hitters including John Scofield, Cab Calloway and the Fifth Dimension. He is also an accomplished classical percussionist who has performed with symphony orchestras. Charles Fletcher is well known for his work with blues and R&B acts including Lamont Cranston, Jimmy Valentine, and Doug Maynard, as well as jazz and world music ensembles including Northcoast and Axis Mundi. Both Dave and Charles are members of the McNally Smith faculty.

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