Texas Instruments Jazz Band Concert with Special Guest Saxophonist Tim Ries in Plano (TX) on March 27th


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TI Jazz Band Concert with Special Guest, Saxophonist Tim Ries
Friday, March 27th at 8pm

John Anthony Theater
Collin County Community College
2800 E Spring Creek Pkwy
Plano, TX 75074

Tickets: $8 at the door
TI Jazz Band Contact: 214-567-7311

About Tim Reis

A versatile and thoughtful saxophonist and composer, Tim Ries has collaborated with such jazz artists as Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Al Foster, John Patitucci, Dave Liebman, Danilo Perez, Maynard Ferguson, Red Garland, Badal Roy, Maria Schneider and Donald Byrd. A Verve release with The Joe Henderson Big Band won a Grammy Award. Having just returned from a second world tour with the Rolling Stones playing saxophone, keyboard and organ, his other recording and performance credits include work with such diverse talents as Donald Fagen, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Stevie Wonder, Incognito, Blood Sweat & Tears, Bob Belden and David Lee Roth.

Having already released five original jazz compact discs, Tim now will channel his energy into creating interpretations of rock and roll standards. The music of Jagger and Richards, Tim’s recent employers, serves as the inspiration for his most recent recording project, soon to be completed. Tim has written over one hundred compositions in both the jazz and classical idioms. This fusion of styles is evident in his work with PRISM, a saxophone quartet which presents a diverse repertoire in both acoustic and electronic environments. Prism performed William Bolcom's Concerto Grosso with 13 orchestras, including Detroit, Dallas and Cleveland. Tim also performed the American premiere of Takashi Yoshimatsu’s Cyberbird Concerto with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. A graduate of the University of North Texas and the University of Michigan, Tim has served on the faculties of The New School, City College of New York and the Mannes College of Music. Tim is currently teaching saxophone and jazz combo at Rutgers and New Jersey City University.

He frequently travels to other universities, jazz festivals and clinics as a teacher of saxophone, composition and improvisation. Tim uses Selmer saxophones exclusively, Francois Louis mouthpieces and Rico Reeds.

About TI Jazz Band

The Texas Instruments Jazz Band is a full 20-piece big band consisting of saxes, trombones, trumpets, a rhythm section, and a vocalist. The band is organized through the Texins Association (Dallas, Texas) of Texas Instruments. Membership is open to all people eligible for Texins Association membership. The band is a non-profit organization and all earnings are used to support the operating expenses of the band. For details see our Organization Charter.

The group formed in the summer of 1986, sparked by an ad placed in a TI company newspaper. The band quickly reached a sustainable level and has remained active since it's inception. Openings are filled with Texins Association members when they are available. The band has musicians from numerous organizations across Texas Instruments and Raytheon Systems. Almost everyone played in high school and college and is glad to have an outlet to continue to study and play jazz.

The band rehearses every Tuesday night at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas from 7:30pm—9:15pm. Kris Berg, Director of Jazz Studies at the college, directs the band.

The group currently owns several hundred charts spanning the range of big band music. The concerts are normally geared more toward performance type events rather than dance band jobs, but the band can cover any event. The band performs about a dozen times each year.

Don't let the amateur status of the band fool you. The group has performed at Artfest, Montage, The Meyerson Symphony Center, The Starplex Amphitheater, and The Texas Jazz Festival. At a judged festival at Loyola University in New Orleans in 1995, the band walked away with top honors - a Superior rating in both performance and sight-reading. Artists who have performed with the band include Clark Terry, Kurt Elling, Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Delfeayo Marsalis, Gregg Bissonette, Lorraine Feather, Kevin Mahogany, Frank Mantooth, Bobby Militello, Bob Mintzer, Denis DiBlasio, Bobby Shew, Kim Richmond, Clay Jenkins, Terell Stafford, Scott Whitfield, Chris Vadala, Carol Welsman, Marvin Stamm, Kim Park, Sandra Booker, Leon Breeden, Willie Thomas, and Galen Jeter. The band performed at the world renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in July of 2000.

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