Jazz Quartet to Perform at The Depot
A faculty jazz quartet will perform music from the “cool” jazz era Saturday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., at the Depot on Cherry and West High streets in Carlisle. The free event features Dickinson College faculty members Steve Strawley on the trumpet, Tim James on the piano and Dave Zygmunt on the drums and Lebanon Valley College instructor Jim Miller on the bass. The program will include “Namely You,” by Gene DePaul; “Four Brothers” by Jimmy Giuffe; “Basin St. Blues” bye Spencer Williams; “If I were a Bell” by Frank Loesser; “Boplicity” by Miles Davis and Gil Evans; “Whisper Not” by Benny Golson; “Bernie's Tune” by Bernie Miller; “Birk's Works” by Dizzie Gillespie; “Eye of the Hurricane” by Herbie Hancock; “Undercurrent” by Kenny Drew; and “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzie Gillespi and Frank Paparelli.
James, contributing faculty at Dickinson College in jazz piano, grew up in Boiling Springs, where he began playing the piano at age three. After graduating from Boiling Springs High School, he majored in Music Education at West Chester University. In 1998, he opened Harvest Field Studio in Carlisle, a full-service recording facility which accommodates clients ranging from soloists to big bands. James plays a wide variety of brass, woodwind, and string instruments and plays frequently with several local jazz bands as well as playing for numerous recording sessions.
Strawley, the band director at Iron Forge Educational Center and Yellow Breeches Middle School in the South Middleton School District, is a contributing faculty member in trumpet at Dickinson. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from West Chester University in 1985 and his master’s degree in trumpet performance from West Chester University in 1997. Strawley plays with Echelon, a 70s funk band, and freelances with jazz combos, chamber groups, brass quintets and area big bands. His compositions include works for big band, brass quintet and concert band and he has appeared as a guest soloist with the Monterey Community Orchestra, the Heart of Carolina Jazz Ensemble and the West Shore Symphony.
Zygmunt, contributing performance studies faculty in percussion at Dickinson College, graduated from the Armed Forces School of Music and toured across the United States and Canada, performing in groups ranging from ceremonial concert bands to big bands. Zygmunt traveled widely with the Navy Show Band provided and found himself particularly active in the Virginia Tidewater music scene, where he performed in small jazz groups, big bands, rhythm & blues bands and Top 40 bands. Zygmunt enjoys the small-group setting and has performed in the Seattle Free Jazz Festival and the Earshot Jazz Festival as half of the jazz combo Random Abstract. He also is the leader of The Dave Zygmunt Group, a jazz group based in Carlisle. Miller is an adjunct instructor of music at Lebanon Valley College. His teaching specialties include string bass and electric bass and he has taught master classes on jazz history, math in music, emotions in music and jazz improvisation in various high school and college settings. He is a member of the jazz band Third Stream and has played with several regional symphonies. A central Pennsylvania native, Miller graduated from Hershey High School and traveled throughout the United States performing with various bands. After his return to the area in 1972, he became a founding member of Third Stream.