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SAXOPHONES John Wylie, alto James Leszczenski, alto Brian Luczkiewicz, tenor Matt Merewitz, tenor Zack Martin, bari TRUMPETS Charlie Ciccia Ryan Hoover Sean McGarril Bob Kircher FLUTE Max Kohan VIOLIN Joe Arnold TROMBONES Sarah Smith Justin Forbes Bradford Courage James Siders RHYTHM Diana Henderson, drums Mike Laubach, drums Carlos Chadha, guitar Ben Karp, guitar Adam Wright, guitar Erol Ozdemir, piano David Weitzman, piano

In keeping with the philosophy that encourages inter-disciplinary study, the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Jazz Studies provides an opportunity for students from all schools of the University to play in one of two big bands and ajazz vocal ensem­ ble. The core players in these bands are students in the Jazz Performance Minor offered by the School of Music. Students may choose to study instrumental and vocaljazz, Jazz History, Jazz Arranging /Composition and Jazz Transcription / Analysis with a faculty comprised of the finest educator-performers in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh jazz scene, which has produced such innovators and leading stylists as Billy Strayhorn, Ray Brown, Art Blakey, RogerHumphries, George Benson, Jimmy Ponder, Stanley Turrentine and Jeff 'Tain' Watts to name a few, allows students to take part in the apprenticeship tradition that is the historical source ofjazz education. These surroundings, coupled with the excellence of aCarnegie Mellon education provide the perfect atmosphere for artistic and academic growth.


Bruce Cosacchi (trumpet): 1960; BA Music Education. Afterastint inthe US Army, Brucejoinedthe FBI fora 25-yearcareer, retiring in 1989. Since then has been performing in the Pacific Northwest atjazz festivals clubs and othervenues with his own group, the Foggy Bottom Jazz Band; his Irish band, the Emerald Bards and many other big bands and swing bands in the area. He plays aweekly gig with the Whiskey Creek group in Keyport, Washington. Appeared in CJF #1 .

Charlie Prawdzik (piano): 1961; BA Music. Charlie spent 33 years in Dallas playing with various local and national entertainers. He moved to Florida in 1995. Over the years, he has worked with Bob Haggert, Jerry Jerome, Bobby Rosengarden, John LaPorta and Don Lamond, and appeared on 10 CDs including his own trio album. Currently he is co-producer and arranger for another CD and continues performing as ajazz pianist in the Sarasota area. Appeared in CJF#1 ,#3 and #4.

AI Hermann (trombone): 1962; M.S. Physics. A native of New Orleans, AI spent much of his time absorbing the formidable talents of trombonist Carl Fontana, AI's mentor. AI is a master of both traditional jazz and modernjazz and has played with many outstanding musicians including President Bill Clinton and Ella Fitzgerald, the latter being perhaps a more significant credential fora musician. AI now calls Denver home and is a professor of Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He remains much in demand at clubs and music festivals around the world. Appeared in CJF#4.


The members ofthis quintet were all Notre Dame students who played at CJF during its first four years, including three members who played in the very first CJF in 1959. The quintet members have continued as active musicians throughout their varied careers.

JackCarr(drums): 1962; B.BA Marketing. Aftergraduation and 2 years inthe USArmy, Jack returned to his hometown of Milwaukee to play drums full time with a local jazz trio and big band, backing many of the national acts that played the area. After 5 years, he put his educa­ tion to work by beginning a 3 5-year career in advertising. He continued to play with local bands and lead his own big band, which was the Green Bay Packer Band for many years. Just recently retired from advertising, Jack is again playing full time with his own and other bands throughout the Midwest area. Appeared in CJF #1 through#4.

Hayes Kavanagh (bass): 1962; BA Philosophy. Originally from Detroit, after graduation Hayes spent two years as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, returning to teach German at the University of Michigan 1967-70 while doing graduate work in linguistics. Received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Michigan in 1970 and a law degree from the University of Michiganin 1973. Today, he heads his own law firm in New York City specializing in corporate and commercial transactions for German-speak­ ing clients. He organizes frequent jazz parties and concerts for friends and clients and his band has featured suchjazz all-stars as Doc Cheatham, Bucky Pizzerelli, Warren Vache, Kenny Davern, Ken Peplowski, Butch Miles, Joe Muranyi, Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Dan Barrett and many other nationally-known musi­ cians including guitarist Gene Bertoncini, also an NDgrad. Appeared inCJF#3 and#4.


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