CULE Festivals and Guest Artist History: 1992-2000 (Dr. Karlton E. Hester, Director)


- ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES: Jaki Byard, Victor Goines

1st Annual Cornell University "Jazz" Festival

March 27
- Guest Lecture: Jaki Byard
Invited to Music 222 - Survey of "Jazz" (Dr. Karlton E. Hester)
11:15AM - Barnes Hall, Cornell University. Ithaca, NY.

March 29
- Concert: Pianist/composer Jaki Byard performs with Cornell University Jazz Ensembles
Dr. Karlton E. Hester, director.
8:15PM - Statler Auditorium, Cornell University. Ithaca, NY.

Fall Concert

November 20
- Concert: Guest Artist Vistor Goines performs with the Cornell University Lab Ensembles.
Dr. Karlton E. Hester, director.
8:15PM - Barnes Hall, Cornell University. Ithaca, NY.


Jaki Byard

John Arthur Byard, Jr. (1922 - 1999) possesses an eclectic musical style that confirms the richness of his kaleidoscopic past. Byard, who also plays trumpet, trombone, bass, alto and tenor saxophone, vibes and drums, is most celebrated for his multifarious, prodigious, and lubricious piano pyrotechnics and has witnessed a colorful career. After a brief stay in New York in the mid-1940's, he remained in Boston to develop his musical language in an uncommonly fertile musical environment before reappearing on the national jazz scene.

Byard's compositional style and spontaneous musical inventions evolved into an innovative force that uses both lyrical piano virtuosity and a mastery of many stylistic eras of jazz history to great advantage. A house pianist at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in 1969 he presented a solo program of the works of America's first world renowned concert pianist and composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk. The scope of influence apparent in his performances and recordings often ranges from the stride style and splendid gestures of Fats Waller, Earl "Fatha" Hines, James P. Johnson, and Art Tatum, to the cutting edge of spontaneous composition. The breadth of his approach extends to a highly personal confluence that transcends category and moves freely through abstract polyrhythms and pantonal areas.

The Massachusetts native has performed with the big band of Maynard Ferguson for several years and later with Herb Pomeroy's big band. He also led his own big band (The Apollo Stompers) while teaching at the New England Conservatory of Music. His exceptional musicianship was well suited for and incorporated into the highly experimental and adventurous music of Eric Dolphy, Booker Ervin, Eric Kloss, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. In addition to performing and recording with countless other jazz innovators, Byard has recorded as a solo pianist, in trio settings, and as the leader of other small ensembles.

Jaki Byard has a new release out on Concord record label entitled FANTASIES 2. Recently he taught at the Manhattan School of Music and the New School in New York City. Byard brings more than a half century of keyboard experience to his music. we are honored to have his diverse musical experience shared with the Cornell Jazz Ensembles and the Ithaca community in concert this evening.

Victor Goines

Victor Goines is a multi-talented New Orleans musician who specializes as a tenor/soprano saxophonist, clinician/educator and composer. He also works professionally as an arranger, woodwind specialist nd as a contractor for road shows and touring performances. He currently leads his own quintet and is an instructor in the Jazz Studies Program at the University of New Orleans.

Victor Goines' debut release, Genesis (AFO Records - April 1992) features his original compositions as well as interpretations of jazz standards. He is also features on Ruth Brown's Fine and Mellow (Fantasy Records - January 1992) and has recorded with Ellis Marsalis on The New Orleans Music - Vocal Jazz (Rounder - 1985), and Damon Short on Penguin Shuffle (1986).

As a video recording artist Mr. Goines is the featured saxaphonist on the Dianne Reeves music video The New Orleans Concert (Blue Note - 1992) and has appeared on the Linda Ronstadt / Aaron Neville music video When Something's Wrong With My Baby (1990). He has also performed in a variety of other musical contexts with artists such as Terence Blanchard, Bo Diddley, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Harrison, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Green, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, The Temptations, and The Four Tops.

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Last Update: 08/22/2002

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