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Mark Lomax Brings Acclaimed Jazz Trio to Hartwick

April 6, 2010

The Mark Lomax Trio will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 10 in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hartwick College campus. The performance by the renowned band is free and open to the public.

In 1998, The Mark Lomax Trio first burst on the American jazz scene as 'Blacklist,' a group led by then 19-year-old composer and percussionist Mark Lomax and featuring composer and tenor saxophonist Edwin Bayard in the front line. Through the years the group has gained national recognition for its recordings and tours with trumpeter and former Columbia recording artist Marlon Jordan, and most recently tenor saxophone legend Azar Lawrence.

As time passed the band has undergone several personnel changes, and due to the economics of jazz in America almost ceased to exist. That is, until Lomax scheduled a recording session that only Bayard and the newest member of the band, bassist and composer Dean Hullett, could attend. The result, which reinvigorated the road-worn trio, gave birth to The Mark Lomax Trio and the upcoming releases "The State of Black America" and "Ornette's Theory."

As a drummer, Lomax has led his own groups and has been featured as a member of the Marlon Jordan Quintet, the Delfeayo Marsalis Sextet, The Ellis Marsalis Quintet, and the Azar Lawrence/Edwin Bayard Quintet, among others. Lomax has penned numerous compositions for many genres including jazz, gospel, and classical.

The son of a be-bop era trumpeter who played in Dizzy Gillespie's jazz orchestra, Bayard was born into a musical legacy that has placed him in the lineage of the great tenor players: Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Eddie Harris, to name but a few. Bayard brings pure fire to the bandstand with every performance with his virtuosic style, and has learned to be both explosive and sensitive as the demands of his expression requires.

Dean "Pop Pop" Hulett comes from a family of musicians ranging from voice to percussion. At the age of 8 he started playing the double bass after being inspired by his sister, who played violin. Orchestral music was his musical upbringing, but by the time he reached his teenage years he began to explore other genres and began playing the electric bass in high school due to his interest in popular music.

Jazz Times said Lomax's "forceful drumming would have made Elvin Jones proud," and All About Jazz called Bayard "a guttural, virtuosic volcano of a tenor player."

As artists with a style of their own, The Mark Lomax Trio has performed with and supported many jazz luminaries including Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra saxophonists Victor Goines and Wes Anderson, Benny Maupin, Gary Bartz, Greg Bandy, and Hannibal Loukumbe. They are now seeking to make their mark on the international jazz scene with their new release, "The State of Black America," on Inarhyme Records, and a tour of European venues and festivals.

For more information, contact Lynda Clark at 607-431-4800 or clarkl@hartwick.edu.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Christopher Lott
E-mail: lottc@hartwick.edu
Phone: 607-431-4030