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The Premiere of a Multi-Media
Jazz/Film Performance:

Debut of Jack Wilkins’ ‘THE BANFF
PROJECT’ at USF Concert Hall on
Thursday, March 23

On Thursday, March 23,
saxophonist and composer JACK
WILKINS will present the world
premiere concert of “The Banff
Project,” a multi-media experience
of original music and films, in the
USF Concert Hall in Tampa.

Wilkins, long-time Director of Jazz
Studies at USF, found inspiration in
the natural beauty and intriguing
history and culture of the Banff
National Park area of the Canadian
Rocky Mountains while serving as a
Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the
University of Alberta.  That led to
his creation of the music and film
concepts as an Artist-in-Residence
at The Banff Center, Canada’s
renowned Centre for Creativity and
Innovation. Film and music are
presented together in the concert,
with each piece based on a visual
concept, and each film intimately
married to the music, adding up to
a highly inventive and entertaining
audience experience. The film-
makers, working from Wilkins’
creative concepts, showcase the
amazing scenic beauty of the Banff
National Park area, including the
use of historic photography from
Banff’s Whyte Museum.

This concert celebrating Wilkins’
6th cd release is presented by the
Tampa Jazz Club and the USF
School of Music, part of the 21st
season of Monday Night Jazz – but
with a twist this time, as it takes
place on a Thursday evening.

The live concert will feature an all-
star band including USF Jazz
Faculty plus special guests,
violinist Sara Caswell and guitarist
Corey Christiansen, who recorded
the original music in Canada with
Wilkins and some of Canada’s best
musicians. Both were featured
prominently on his last cd, ‘The
Blue & Green Project,’ based on
Appalachian life and culture, which
also made use of visual imagery
during performance.

‘The last album really established
Jack as a singular voice as a jazz
composer, and the live concerts of
that music were unforgettable,’
says Tampa Jazz Club president
Bob Seymour. ‘Now, to hear his
hand-picked band playing new
music with such a sense of place,
matched with the films – it’s going
to be a thrill.’ Following the Tampa
premiere ‘The Banff Project’ is
scheduled for performance later
this year in Edmonton, Alberta,
where the cd was made.

‘The Banff Project’ is an all-original,
multi-media concert, with textures
ranging from funky grooves to a
swing band feel, traditional Celtic
sounds to gorgeous ballads
depicting the beauty shown in the
accompanying films. Don’t miss the
premiere performance – Thursday,
March 23, at 7:30pm, in the
beautiful USF Concert Hall!
Jack Wilkins
Banff Project
with Sara Caswell,
Corey Christiansen,
and the
USF Faculty Jazz Ensemble
Thursday, March 23, 2017;
7:30 PM
USF Concert Hall
University of South Florida
Tampa
Wilkins - Banff Ticket Info:
Ernie Calhoun Tribute
Documentary Film & Concert

Sunday, April 2, 2017
3:00 PM

Mainstage Theatre
Performing Arts Center
HCC Ybor
Ernie Calhoun Ticket Info:
Laila Biali
Sunday, April 30, 2017
3:00 PM
Mainstage Theatre
Performing Arts Center
HCC Ybor
Laila Biali Ticket Info:
Saxophonist ERNIE CALHOUN, who
has played for generations of
listeners in the Tampa Bay area, will
be celebrated at a tribute concert and
film premiere in the Mainstage
Theatre at HCC/Ybor City, on Sunday,
April 2, at 3pm. Coming a few weeks
before Calhoun’s 90th birthday, the
event is presented by the Tampa
Jazz Club and the Al Downing Tampa
Bay Jazz Association, as part of HCC’
s Visual & Performing Arts Series.
And in keeping with Ernie’s history
as mentor to younger players, a
portion of the proceeds will benefit
each organization’s annual Jazz
Scholarship.


Leading off the afternoon will be a
new documentary film from Bay Area
journalist Arielle Stevenson,
featuring Ernie Calhoun telling his
own story. The concert that follows
puts the emphasis on the saxophone
(Jeremy Carter, Valerie Gillespie,
Henry Ashwood, Rodney Rojas, and
Kendric McCallister) along with
veteran players who have often
shared the stage with Ernie – pianist
Kevin Wilder, guitarist Vincent Sims,
bassist Kenny Walker, and drummer
Ron Gregg. In addition, there will be
a special appearance by Tampa
legends Kitty Daniels and Majid
Shabazz, who with Ernie Calhoun
have helped shape the Tampa music
scene for decades.


Tampa’s fabled Central Avenue, the
heart of the city’s African-American
community, was home to Ernie
Calhoun from age 13, in 1938. He
went on the road with singer Percy
Mayfield (who heard him practicing
through his bedroom window) at 18,
and worked closely with the young
Ray Charles, then living in Tampa.
After years on the road, he formed
Ernie Cal & The Soul Brothers, the
highly popular group who performed
with the biggest names in jazz as
they came through town. That band
eventually became Al Downing & the
All-Stars, always featuring Ernie’s
big, soulful sound on the tenor.


The documentary that begins the
concert showcases Ernie Calhoun’s
musical career, as well as his life off-
stage. After seeing intense front-line
action in Korea, he returned to the
Jim Crow south, attended Morehouse
College, and became active in the
civil rights movement. He would go
on to a career as a leader in
community service organizations in
Tampa, leading outreach efforts to
help minority youth, and later senior
citizens. He helped the lives of
thousands through his day job, all the
while making great music until his
retirement from playing, just a few
years ago. The film is by Arielle
Stevenson, from an oral history
project prepared by David Brown and
Stan Wilkins, with Bob Seymour.


Join us for ‘Soulful Tenor:
Celebrating Ernie Calhoun at 90,’ on
Sunday, April 2, at HCC/Ybor City.
This saxophone summit is a
hometown tribute to a true local hero!


Please note: There will be an annual
Tampa Jazz Club Membership
meeting to elect new directors
immediately preceding this concert
at 2:00 PM at HCC Ybor.
Coming Soon!
photo by Herb Snitzer