UCC's faculty quartet to perform at First Presbyterian Church of Roseburg
ROSEBURG, Oregon – The Umpqua Community College (UCC) Fine and Performing Arts Department presents JAZZ INSIDERS in concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Roseburg on Jan. 19. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. JAZZ INSIDERS will perform a wide range of musical styles including jazz standards and original selections.
JAZZ INSIDERS is UCC’s faculty jazz group featuring pianist Cassio Vianna, guitarist Ross Hanson, bassist Jason Heald, and percussionist Clint Newell. The ensemble’s repertoire covers a wide range of jazz styles from hot swing of the ‘30s and ‘40s to cool Latin jazz and contemporary jazz/rock fusion.
Cassio Vianna is a composer, pianist, and educator whose work reflects the broad range of musical and cultural influences he has received during his years of training. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Vianna received a BM degree from Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, a MM from Western Oregon University, and a Doctor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. In recent years, Vianna has received composition awards from the National Band Association, the Jazz Education Network, and the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers, among others. Vianna’s most recent album Infância (Teal Creek Music, 2017), features his original compositions for jazz orchestra. Vianna currently conducts the Big Horn Jazz Band at UCC where he also teaches music theory and literature.
Ross Hansen is the College’s guitar instructor. He holds a Master of Music degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas, as well as Master of Arts in teaching from the University of Portland. He has performed as a professional musician in Dallas, Texas and in Portland, Oregon. He has performed with such diverse artists as Bob Hope, LeAnn Rhimes, Don Rickles, The Bill Tillman Band, Soul Vaccination, and the Oregon Symphony.
Jason Heald is currently UCC’s Director of Music Studies and holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Oregon. He currently conducts the Umpqua Chamber Orchestra, Roseburg Concert Chorale, Umpqua Chamber Choir, and the vocal jazz ensemble, the Umpqua Singers. Dr. Heald also serves as choir director at the First Presbyterian Church in Roseburg, Oregon. In addition to being an active conductor and clinician, Heald is a prolific composer, with works published by ChoralWeb, UNC Jazz Press, Plymouth Music, and Call of the Wild Publishing.
Clint Newell has performed professionally for over three decades. A 27-year resident of Roseburg, he has appeared in numerous festivals and performed with many rock and jazz recording acts.
About Umpqua Community College
Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.
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