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X-Tet Ensemble to Perform with Acclaimed Baritone Saxophonist Gary Smulyan

On Tuesday, April 10th, The Artists’ Quarter will present a special evening of big band jazz with the McNally Smith College of Music X-Tet Ensemble in concert with special guest baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan. Sets will begin at 8 p.m. There will be an $8 cover charge.

The McNally Smith College of Music X-Tet is a seventeen piece jazz orchestra directed by Brass & Woodwinds department head Pete Whitman. The student ensemble performs an eclectic program of compositions that range from hard bop to new tango. Instrumentation includes piano, bass, drums, guitar, saxophones, trombones, trumpets, violin and cello. In May 2011, the X-Tet performed and studied abroad in Peru.

Gary Smulyan is a four-time winner of the Down Beat Readers Poll and a multiple winner of numerous other official polls, including the Jazz Journalists Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year. He is a five-time Grammy award winner for his work with B.B. King, Joe Lovano, Holland and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Check out his latest release, Smul’s Paradise.

The Artists’ Quarter is located in the basement of the Hamm Building at 408 St Peter Street, St. Paul. For more information contact The Artists’ Quarter at 651.292.1359 or visit artistsquarter.com. X-Tet director Pete Whitman may be contacted at pete.whitman@mcnallysmith.edu.

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