steve wiest
Steve Wiest, Guest Artist


CMU welcomes final guest artist of 2015-2016 music season

On Monday, May 2nd at 7:30pm, the Department of Music will host guest trombonist Steve Wiest in a concert with Jazz Ensemble and the jazz choir, Vocal Chords. The concert will take place in the Moss Performing Arts Center's Robinson Theatre and is sponsored by Home Loan.

The concert will feature the Jazz Ensemble performing "A Song for Horace" by Michael Philip Mossman, a cha-cha dedicated to the late jazz pianist Horace Silver, along with four compositions written by Steve Wiest.

Multiple Grammy-nominated jazz composer and trombonist Steve Wiest is known world-wide for his fresh cutting edge writing as well as his extroverted virtuoso trombone playing. With a zeal for finding fresh ingredients for his muse, Steve is a true multi-genre persona. As a recording artist, composer, author, cartoonist, and educator Wiest is at home with many different and diverse areas of creative endeavor.

His path to recognition began with a four-year stint as trombonist and composer with Maynard Ferguson. After leaving the Ferguson band in 1985, Wiest went on to complete a master's in jazz studies at The University of North Texas. During his time at UNT, Steve wrote for and performed with Neil Slater's One O'Clock Lab Band. He then began a 17-year tenure as Director of Jazz Studies and trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. During these years Steve began a long and accomplished career as a clinician-guest artist while becoming a regular with The Doc Severinsen Big Band. Working with greats such as Eugene "Snooky" Young, Conte Candoli and Ernie Watts on Doc's band during this period while continuing to write music for Maynard Ferguson helped to shape Wiest's future endeavors.

In 2006, Steve released his first recording as a leader, "Excalibur: The Steve Wiest Big Band," to critical acclaim. He followed "Excalibur" up with a 2007 Grammy nomination for his arrangement of "Besame Mucho" on Maynard Ferguson's final CD "The One and Only."

Joining the faculty at The University of North Texas in 2007 first as professor of jazz composition, then as director of the six-time Grammy-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band®, Steve has firmly established himself as an important voice in jazz education as well. During his first year as director of The One O'Clock, their recording Lab 2009 was Grammy-nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble and Wiest's original Ice-Nine garnered a nomination for Best Instrumental Composition. After producing and directing six successful CDs for the band and touring the US, UK and Thailand with the group, Steve moved to Denver to join the Jazz Studies Faculty at The University of Denver's Lamont School of Music.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students and are available at the CMU box office by calling 970.248.1604.

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